2007 LB prospect receiving interest

Mequon Homestead's Dillon Forbes is a junior-to-be to watch this fall

Dillon Forbes did not have much of an opportunity to perform at the varsity level last fall but he is still drawing some early attention from recruiters. Forbes, a class of 2007 linebacker prospect, will be in his third year on the Mequon (Wis.) Homestead varsity this fall.

"We weren't even actually in pads, and the third day of practice I broke my hand," Forbes said in a recent telephone interview. "So then I had surgery about a week after. I missed I think six games. I played… three conference games and two playoff games with a cast on."

Despite the cast on his left hand, Forbes started those five games at linebacker and tallied 24 tackles, he said, and "I actually had one interception. I don't know how that happened. It kind of fell into my right arm."

Though Forbes will not find himself on a college campus until the fall of 2007, he is already receiving interest from Wisconsin, TCU, Minnesota and top Division I-AA programs such as James Madison and Alabama State.

Forbes was listed at 6-foot, 205 pounds on Homestead's roster last fall, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but he said that he checked in at 6-1, 232 at the Midwest Combine in May. There he ran a 4.65 electronically timed 40-yard dash. He also reported a 325-pound bench press and 385 on the squat.

He played tight end as a freshman and was primarily part of the junior varsity, though he rotated in with the varsity as well. A linebacker for most of his football-playing life, Forbes asked for the position change heading into his sophomore year.

Forbes has lived his entire life in Mequon and he grew up a Badger fan. But Wisconsin is not alone on his very early list of favorites.

"I really like TCU," he said. "I like their football program. I like how they recruit. They just don't focus on Texas. They look all around. I just kind of like their style of football."

Forbes plans to camp at Wisconsin and UW-Whitewater this summer.

"TCU sent me something to go to theirs, but I don't think I'm going to be able to make it down to Texas," he said. "It's kind of far away."


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