"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."