August 14, 2013

Forbes sets Iowa visit

When it comes to picking a college, Jackson Forbes is looking for a challenge.

For many prospects in the Class of 2014, they are simply looking for a challenge on the basketball court. Forbes is looking for the same thing, but the 6-foot-6 forward from Texas is also looking for a challenge on the academic side as well and his list of schools he is still considering reflects that.

"It was really tough to eliminate some schools, but I've narrowed my list to Iowa, Princeton, Rice, Yale, and Temple. I'm going to take all of my official visits and then make my decision," Forbes said. "I am going to look for a challenge in basketball and with academics. The Ivy League schools are going to present that academically and a school like Iowa will also present that athletically playing in the Big Ten Conference. I want to find the right mix of both."

Forbes will start making official visits in September, when he travels to Iowa early in the month.

"I'm visiting Iowa the first weekend in September," he said. "Iowa had been recruiting me a little bit earlier in the spring, but they really got interested after watching me at Peach Jam when I was playing with the Texas Titans. Coach McCaffery and Coach Dillard have been recruiting me and they offered a scholarship in July. I am extremely thankful for the offer and I know Iowa is a great school."

The 6-foot-6 forward from John Paul ll High School in Texas says he has developed a good relationship with Fran McCaffery and appreciates the recruiting pitch he has received from the Hawkeyes.

"I've gotten to know Coach McCaffery fairly well so far and he is a really good guy who is very honest. I told him right away that academics are important to me and I want to get my degree. He was very supportive of me in that regard and he told me the one thing that counts the most when he recruits someone is character. He wants guys with good character on his team."

The academic side of Forbes final five schools will play a significant role in his college decision. He knows the long term goal of earning a degree in engineering is just as important, if not more important, than the experience of playing basketball.

"Academics are really important to me. Getting a degree is what will carry you after basketball and that's a high priority for me," Forbes said. "Basketball is an important part of the equation too because I want to find a good fit there and grow as a player on and off the court, but I want to get my degree and help take care of my family."

Following the visit to Iowa, Forbes will make an official visit to Yale the following weekend. Then he is scheduled to travel to Princeton the weekend of September 21st. He will wrap up his official visits with a trip to Temple the first weekend in October and a final visit to Rice in late October.

At this point, Forbes says he doesn't have a favorite heading into the official visits next month.

"All of the coaches have been great," he said. "I enjoy talking to all of them and all five programs sound like a great fit."

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