"I want to be in a good environment," Forte said. "That's gonna be the main thing because I think they pretty much all have the same thing to offer football-wise. I need to feel like I can fit in and like it's home."
He's already taken official visits to Purdue on Sept. 12, North Carolina State on Sept. 27 and Louisville on Oct. 18. He had a Nov. 28 trip scheduled to see the Ole Miss campus but that was cancelled after the Rebels filled their spots and no longer had a scholarship available for Forte.
"I love the coaching staff," he said. "They are team that is making progress and I see what the program can do. I know this year didn't go as well as planned, but they had a lot of injuries and I like what they are trying to build there.
"They told me that they love my speed and aggressiveness off the edge," he said. "They think that I could play early for them."
Forte also had a few Purdue coaches at his home last week. "I really like coach Danny Hope," he said. "I like the Big-10 and their style of defense. I like the defense they run and I think I could fit in well there."
Another thing the Boilermakers have going for them is their location. "It's a great school and the town they are in is great," Forte said. "I had a great time there. It's a great place."
North Carolina State is another school whose location Forte really likes. "Raleigh is a really nice town," he said. "There's a lot to do there.
"I also like how NC-State has a history of getting defensive ends to the league," he said.
Louisville also already stopped by Forte's house on Dec. 6. "Louisville is a good school too," he said. "The coaches seem real nice and I had a good visit there. One of my coaches went there and he really thinks highly of them and wants me to consider them."
Forte doesn't expect to make a decision until after his January visit to South Florida.
He says he wants to major in kinesiology and reports a 3.5 core GPA and an 18 ACT.