Forte, a 6-6 forward, who had also drawn interest from Long Beach State, Colorado State, Pittsburgh and Ole Miss, among others is currently attending Howard College (Texas) and has three years of eligibility left.
A University of Minnesota source confirmed that the Gophers had reached out to Forte. Richard Pitino had first offered the athletic Arizona native at Florida International.
The Gophers still have three scholarships available for 2013-14 after getting a single commitment from Daquein McNeil last week.
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.