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Top 60 Countdown: No. 14, DT Marcus Forston

Another day, another promising Canes player to talk about on our countdown of the Top 60 currently at UM. Today, we look at No. 14 on our list: Sophomore defensive tackle Marcus Forston. In high school, there weren't many more talented and hyped recruits in the nation in 2008. After a strong freshman season,  even bigger things are expected from Forston this year. Will he deliver?

Marcus Forston > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Before he even played his senior season at Miami Northwestern, there weren't many recruiting fans around who hadn't already heard of Forston. The 6-2, 302-pound defensive tackle was the booming voice and leader for the 6A state champion Bulls. A three-year starter, he capped his senior season by recording 92 tackles, 20 sacks and seven forced fumbles, winning a mythical national title and playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio. An early Canes commitment, Forston chose UM over Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee and Alabama and helped recruit other players to Miami.

> What he's done as a Cane: Forston played in 12 games as a freshman and started once (at Florida). He finished with 25 tackles, 4.5 for loss to go with three sacks. He had four tackles and two sacks against N.C. State and earned Freshman First Team All-American Honors from three publications. This spring, Forston started on the second team defense and had four tackles in the spring game. He also ran a 4.84 in the spring -- third fastest among defensive lineman. 

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Forston, often compared to a young Warren Sapp, has gotten leaner, stronger and more athletic after one season at UM. Those were the three areas (as a fresh out of high school) he needed to work on last season. If he's physically ready to take the next step forward, he should have a huge season in the middle, especially with Allen Bailey commanding double teams next to him. Ideally, Canes coaches would love to see Bailey and Forston as their two starting tackles by the end of the season with players like Joe Joseph and Josh Holmes and Micanor Regis providing depth. As long as he stays healthy, that's exactly what I expect to happen.