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         Scripps Ranch quarterback is letting his Web site do the
         talking

         By Mike Kranzler
         UNION-TRIBUNE

         June 14, 2008

         Robert “Tate” Forcier has taken the scholarship game to a different level.

         The Scripps Ranch High quarterback and his family have created a Web site – QBforce.com – that includes scanned
         copies of offer letters Forcier has received from 23 college football programs.

         Forcier, nicknamed for the child prodigy in Jodie Foster's 1991 film
         “Little Man Tate,” said he has received a combined 34 written and
         verbal offers. Forcier said he hasn't decided what school he'll
         attend but plans to make a decision before the playoffs start in the
         fall.

         “That way I'm thinking about my team and not college football,” he
         said.

         The offer letters are filled with compliments from the coaches,
         along with what they expect of athletes joining their programs.

         “We believe you are a special athlete who has the ability to be one
         of the best football players in the country,” wrote Les Miles, coach
         of the national champion LSU Tigers.

         Later on, Miles wrote, “It is important to our program to have
         football players with high standards in the area of character,
         academics and competitiveness.”                                                                            NELVIN CEPEDA / Union-Tribune
                                                                                    Robert "Tate" Forcier (4) of Scripps Ranch High has posted
         NCAA rules don't allow coaches to comment publicly on a recruit            copies of scholarship offers from 23 college football programs
                                                                                    on his Web site, QBforce.com.
         until he signs a national letter of intent, but Forcier said several
         coaches, including Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, have told him they like the Web site.

         Forcier said only Florida requested that its offer letter not be posted.

         QBforce.com includes video highlights, statistics and a résumé for Forcier, who estimates the Web site has received
         about 200,000 page views.

         “We check on it day to day, and there could be 36,000 in one week,” Forcier said.

         As a junior last season, Forcier passed for 2,387 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 733 yards and six TDs. At
         6 feet 1, 190 pounds, Forcier doesn't possess super size, but he's considered a strong, accurate passer whose mobility
         gives him big-play potential. Rivals.com rates Forcier as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.

         Forcier is the youngest of three quarterback brothers. Jason, the oldest, was a standout for Santa Ana Mater Dei High
         and St. Augustine before moving on to the University of Michigan. He has since transferred to Stanford. Middle
         brother Chris played at Mater Dei and Carlsbad before ending his high school career at St. Augustine. He is now
         competing for playing time at UCLA.



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         Tate Forcier started at St. Augustine before moving to Scripps Ranch. In January, he said he planned to transfer to
         Carlsbad for his senior year but dropped the idea a few months later.

         “I just decided that since I'm getting scholarship offers and I don't need to prove anything else, I might as well just
         stay at Scripps and work on my academics to get my GPA up,” Forcier said. “It was a hard decision, but I felt such a
         bond with (Scripps Ranch coach) Sergio Diaz. It was just hard to leave them.”

         Forcier attends class at The Charter School of San Diego in Point Loma. Sponsored by the San Diego Unified district,
         the school describes itself as a nontraditional education option. It does not field a football team, allowing Forcier to
         play for Scripps Ranch.

         With a history of changing schools and unabashedly striving to improve their athletic situation, the Forciers are no
         strangers to seeking the spotlight. It's raised questions about the motivation for posting the offer letters online.

         “I don't need to promote myself anymore because I already get that,” Forcier said. “What I'm doing is putting together
         how I got my offers – the papers, the video package and everything I sent out to the colleges – so other kids can see
         how I did it and they can see if it works for them.”

         Included on the Web site is a list of high school football players in the San Diego area, along with their video
         highlights. QBforce.com offers instructions on how recruiters can contact the athletes.

         “I think it's very extensive, and I think that they've done a great job of reaching their goal of what they're trying to
         accomplish,” Diaz said. “He's put a lot of work and a lot of effort into it.”

         Mike Forcier, the father, bristles when critics say the Web site is nothing more than bragging. He said QBforce.com is
         a resource for athletes who want to learn how to market themselves. The family hopes to expand the site to provide
         information on NCAA Clearinghouse rules for academic eligibility.

         “The next thing I want to do is show kids when they should be taking the SAT, the ACT, and so on,” Mike said.

         After years of watching his brothers go through the recruiting process, Tate said he believes in sharing the knowledge.

         “We've got the advice,” he said, “so why not give it to other people?”

          Mike Kranzler is a Union-Tribune intern: mike.kranzler@uniontrib.com



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