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Interview With New Golden Bear, Nick Forbes

Weighing in at 6 feet even and 223 pounds, Nick Forbes is a fearsome force out there on the field.  Many people were incredibly pleased with Cal's Defensive Recruiting effort this year and Forbes was a key part.  Rivals pegged him as one of the best linebackers in the country.  Playing both ways in high school, the Cal bio notes some of the impressive stats:

Earned all-state honors as a senior when he recorded 114 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three forced fumbles, while adding 1,519 yards and 16 TDs rushing on the offensive side of the ball

Posted 96 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions on defense as a junior when he was named second-team all-state and the Area Defensive Player of the Year, while picking up 1,176 rushing yards and 15 TDs on the ground

Also had 1,052 rushing yards and 10 TDs, as well as 99 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks as a sophomore.

Those numbers are rather amazing.  Over 100 tackles and over 1,000 rushing yards in one season alone!  Nick Forbes hopefully shall be a name repeated over and over again in Memorial Stadium.  He was kind enough to agree to answer some of our questions.  After the jump, learn more about one of the newest Cal Bears, linebacker Nick Forbes.  Many thanks to Nick Forbes for agreeing to the interview.  Welcome to Cal, good luck, and GO BEARS!

1) What originally interested you in Cal?  What was the biggest appeal you saw in coming to play for the Bears?

Stanford, funny thing is they were the reason I planned a trip to come out West and since Cal wasn't that far away I might as well see them also.  The biggest appeal playing for the bears would have to be playing in an aggressive pro-style defense.

2) What do you look for in a school?

Academics. Then the Football program, the coaching staff, facilities, and history.  The campus layout and surrounding area. Is it a campus or just random building in a city or town?

3) How did the facilities at Cal affect your decision?

It was just a bonus.  I like the current facilities. They have gotten the job done in the past and the weight room has a great atmosphere with the windows and views.

4) What were your feelings on the way Cal played this year?

I was a little disappointed.  We had some great performances early but fell apart in the bigger games.

5) Please share w/ the fans your fondest recruiting story.

My fondest recruiting story would have to be WVU's one day camp.  It was the summer going into my Jr year and I drove up with my Uncle to workout for a day.  I had a really good morning session. I tested well and then in 1 on 1s they matched me up with one of the best backs there and he ran a chair and I was stuck on his hip. During 7 on 7 I jumped up, fully extended, got a one handed pass break up on a post route. After that the recruiting coordinator, linebacker, and head coach were standing of to the side talking with my uncle with big smiles on their faces.  After that day playing college football became more than a dream. It became a real possibility.

6) Who do you believe is most responsible for your success?

My mom is most responsible for my success.  She has modeled what it means to be successful and I strive to emulate her ethics in my passion and drive to be a great football player and a good person. 

7) What are you looking forward to the most being a Golden Bear?  Do you have any dreams or aspirations to accomplish during your student/athlete career at Cal?

Being apart of the Cal Family. My dreams are personal.

8)Are there any other positions besides LB you'd like to play at Cal?

I've always wanted to play reciever and I will miss playing running back.

9) How do you think your skills will develop at the next level for the Golden Bears?

I believe I will refine my fundamentals and I think I will become a smart player with the guidence of Coach Thompson.

Many thanks again to Nick Forbes!  Welcome to Cal and GO BEARS!