August 17, 2009

3-star defensive end plans to visit Army

At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Maxx Forde continues to get bigger, faster and stronger. The Woodinville (WA) Woodinville High School defensive end product is an athlete who just happens to play defensive end.

Not only is Forde a force, but he is also a student of the game and if you ask him which player(s) he mirrors his game after, you be surprised at who the 3-star defender selects; they are players from 80's versus any present day stars. "I model myself after a combination of guys, like Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, all those speed rushers like Tommy Harris and Derrick Thomas," Forde declares. "All those guys that can get to the quarterback."

Part of Forde's historical perspective of some the NFL's top defenders comes from someone that he knows up close and personal and who also played in the NFL … this father, Brian Forde. "I watched the game quite a bit with my dad, who played with Washington State, then in the NFL (drafted in the 7th round by the New Orleans Saints). and played linebacker on Sundays.

Forde has spent a great portion of the summer lifting and conditioning, as he and his Woodinville High School teammates start practice on Wednesday.

Presently, the athletic defensive end ahs offers from Air Force, Army, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington State.

Forde's recruiting by the Black Knights is being handled by offensive coordinator, Coach Ian Shield. "Our relationship is coming along well," shares Forde. "When I want to talk to him, he's cool to talk to, but if I need some space, he's good at that as well.

Army is recruiting me very hard and we are trying to get my official (visit) squared away. We're looking at the Vanderbilt game and a couple of others as well."

In addition to Army's strong interest in Forde, he indicated that both Idaho and & Washington State are showing the strongest interest, but Northwestern, Stanford and Washington are showing some level of interest.

In to football, Forde also plays forward or the post position on his school's basketball team.

Along with being a quality athlete, Forde has performed well in the class room and maintains a 3.6 GPA, where he is considering Business or Pre-Law as a college major. With academic being significant part of his college decision, Forde was quick to point out West Point's academic reputation as being an eye opener.
"I already knew that West Point was one of the top colleges in the nation, but my step dad works for the Seattle Times and they ran an article about the Forbes article (West Point ranked #1 college in the country) and he forwarded it to me … that's impressive," Forde said.

When it comes to location, Forde stated that it is all about the right fit versus one West Coast and East Coast. "I don't mind the East Coast … I just want to get to a place where I am wanted and I don't mind New York at all, or staying right here," concludes Forde.

Last season Forde ran his best forty time at 4.69 and he finished his junior year with 50 tackles and 4 sacks. will continue to stay in touch with Forde throughout his recruiting process.

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