"It's just unbelieveable what all he's done."

Don'ta Hightower has signed and faxed his letter of intent to the University of Alabama. Hightower and his coach talk of the accomplishments.

Don'ta Hightower
Marshall County High School
Lewisburg, Tenn.
Scout.com four-star recruit

Why Alabama?: "I think what really got me was the state of Alabama, and the community as well as Coach [Nick] Saban and coach [Kevin] Steele. Pretty much everything about Alabama I liked, and it just felt like home," Hightower said.

On coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "He came to see me at school in the spring, and when I went down to Alabama both times I got to sit down and talk to him. He just told me that I fit the criteria for an Alabama student athlete. I'm athletic. I keep my head in the books. He told me that I was one of his favorites, so I guess he got what he wanted."

Coach Don Thomas: "He's a tremendous player and a tremendous young man. I think that's what makes him so special is because he has tremendous athletic ability, and then his character and his integrity are great. "

"This is my first year here, and he's been a tremendous impact for the team. He does whatever we need. He's our defensive leader. It's just unbelievable what all he's done, and offensively he's just been a workhorse there. Whenever he touches the ball he does something really good."

2007 Stats: Recorded 168 tackles (14 for loss), five forced fumbles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He also added 875 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense.

2007 Awards: The Tennessean's Defensive Most Valuable Player of 2007. Class 3A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year. First team All-State voted by the TWSA. West All-Region as voted by the coaches. A member of The Tennesseean's Dream Team. Hightower was selected to play in the U.S. Army East West All-Star Game in San Antonio. AJC Super Southern 100 defensive end.

Analysis Hightower has a way of finding the ball and uses his speed to get from sideline-to-sideline. He is a physical specimen and could see early playing time as a freshman.


ScoutSouth.com's Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.


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