Top LB Discusses Monday’s Visit

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Thomas Johnson (Frederick, MD) linebacker Nick Forbes visited Virginia Tech on Monday, arriving at noon to take a tour of the campus, meet the coaches and take in a spring practice. The 6-1, 210-pound junior reflected on the trip and discussed where Virginia Tech now stands in the race for his commitment.

“When I got there, the coaches were in a meeting so I waited about five minutes until they were finished,” said Forbes, who attended a Tech football game last fall so he had been to Blacksburg before. “When they were done, Coach Sherman came out and invited me in to meet all the coaches. I was able to shake hands with all of the coaches. After that, a graduate assistant took me around to tour the facilities and the weight room and things like that. I sat down to watch the team’s highlight film from last season after the tour. The video was interesting because I really learned a lot about how they did last year. I was starving by then, so I got something to eat on campus and talked more with Coach Sherman.

“After lunch, I met with Coach Beamer. He met with me, my mom and my little sister for about 20 minutes. He talked about the program and things like that. Then, I talked to Coach Foster. He is the defensive coordinator and the linebackers coach, so I was really looking forward to talking to him. That was a main part of my visit. I took notes about the position he sees me playing and the defense he runs.

“Finally, I watched a spring practice. My mom stayed inside while I went down to the field. After they would do an individual drill, Coach Foster would come over to me and tell me what he was teaching and why he was emphasizing it. They emphasize footwork a lot. The players seemed real cool. They were relaxed and joking around, but they were really enthusiastic.”

Forbes elaborated more on his meeting with Coach Beamer and provided his impressions of the Tech head coach.

“My mom and I both liked Coach Beamer,” Forbes said. “One thing he said that was important was that they want to graduate all their student athletes. He talked about programs they have called Ladder and Champions Club. He said they really care about their players. He also said that they do win games there and that is important, but they care about their players. We believed what he was saying.”

Forbes enjoyed the meeting with Coach Foster as well despite slight