Already pegged as a four-star talent by Scout.com, Oak Ridge (Tenn.) rising-junior wide receiver Tee Higgins has compiled a nice verbal scholarship offer list to go along with the rating. The in-state Tennessee Volunteers, fellow SEC programs LSU and Georgia as well as ACC programs Clemson and North Carolina all extended prior to the weekend.
But on Saturday, the hope was from Higgins was to earn an offer from a school he was visiting for the first time, Alabama.
It played out near ideally and the news came down from Nick Saban, himself.
“I was sitting in coach Saban's office and he was talking to me about the program,” he said. “Then he offered. I was shocked because I'm just a sophomore going into my junior year and ‘Bama offered.”
Higgins traveled to Tuscaloosa with teammate Darel Middleton, a two-way three-star already with a Tide extension. Both enjoyed the trip, as Middleton placed UA atop his list and the younger Oak Ridge standout elevated the Crimson Tide to a group he hasn’t yet created.
“Um, they might actually be top five for me,” he said. “But I haven’t really made up one yet. Alabama is in there because they show a lot of love! The fans and how they are in the community.”