Forbes waiting for scholarship

Linebacker receiving interest from Big Ten, Big 12 schools

Dillon Forbes, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound class of 2007 linebacker prospect at Mequon Homestead High School, claims the home-state University of Wisconsin football program as his favorite.

An honorable mention Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area linebacker as a junior last fall, Forbes is waiting for his first scholarship offer.

"I'd of course have to say Wisconsin," Forbes said, when asked if he had any favorites. "That's my home college. I really like it a lot. I've taken the tours of the facility before… It's really nice I think. The thing I like about it the most is how everything is so close together. Everything is connected in one building pretty much. So I really like Wisconsin."

Forbes also mentioned Iowa and Division I-AA North Dakota State as favorites. He believes that he could soon receive his first scholarship offer from the latter program.

In addition to those three schools, he is receiving interest from Minnesota, Purdue, Illinois, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas State, TCU, Nebraska, Division I-AA programs Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Robert Morris University, and Division II programs such as North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha.

"I get mail from those (schools) every day," Forbes said. "Iowa's actually sending me the most mail of any school."

Forbes can learn a thing or two about the recruiting process from Homestead teammate Brad Thorson, a senior offensive lineman who signed with UW for the class of 2006. Thorson did not receive much recruiting interest until his senior year, and he did not receive a scholarship offer from the Badgers until late January, prompting him to decommit from Minnesota.

"I'm pretty close with Brad actually," Forbes said. "… At the beginning of the year (he) wasn't even expecting an offer from Minnesota or Wisconsin really. It kind of took him by surprise. He told me just, you know, you've got to be patient and get your work done and then have the best season you can and see what happens. It will eventually all come to you…

"He said it can happen real early or real late. So it is nothing to fret over."

Forbes is one of the more highly regarded prospects in the state of Wisconsin for the class of 2007. He reported a 4.56-second hand-timed 40-yard dash. He also said he can rep 185 pounds an exceptional 27-30 times. He has not been able to attend a combine yet this spring, but he plans to attend an adidas combine in the Milwaukee area in June.

Several of the aforementioned major-conference Division I programs that are recruiting Forbes invited him to their spring football game, but he was not able to make the trips. He was planning on attending Wisconsin's spring game April 22, but his prom conflicted with it.

Scheduling summer football camps is complicated for Forbes because he plays centerfield on Homestead's baseball team, which plays a summer high school season.

"It does make it a lot tougher," Forbes said. "Pretty much all those colleges have invited me to a camp. It's just so hard. I'm definitely attending the Badger camp in June… I was hoping to go attend the Iowa (camp) too."

Forbes started at middle linebacker last season and also played running back in some short yardage sets (he had seven carries for 19 yards and two touchdowns) for a Homestead team that went 12-1, only losing in the state Division 1 semifinals to eventual champion Racine Park, 20-13.

"The team did great but I had some off-the-field trouble and had to sit a couple games," Forbes said. "But when I came back in the playoffs it was real fun. I had a pretty good time in the playoffs. The season was awesome, though."

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