Marshall County High School
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.