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Arkansas commit and junior college linebacking standout Alonzo Highsmith (6-1, 215) is part of a Arizona windfall of prospects for the Razorbacks and got a chance to look over his future college home over this past weekend

The official state motto of the state of Arizona is the Latin term Ditat Deus, which translated means God Enriches.

One thing is for sure, Arkansas is enriching its football program with prospects from Arizona.

While Arizona Western College offensive lineman Aaron Douglas (6-6, 285) will announce his choice on Wednesday, the Razorbacks already have pledges from Phoenix College linebacker Alonzo Highsmith (6-1, 215) and high school prospects Brock Haman (6-3, 230) and Kelvin Fisher (5-11, 180).

"They are really coming after some guys out there," said Highsmith, a former Texas high school standout.

Highsmith — one of 11 official visitors to Fayetteville this past week — and former Arkansas commit Isiah Wiley (6-0, 189) of Arizona Western — now headed to USC — were named the NJCAA Region I Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

Soon after he was named the Co-MVP, Highsmith committed to Arkansas even before the regular season ending win over LSU and the BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl that ensued.

"I knew they were a program that was headed up even before the win and getting in the BCS bowl, but that just solidified to me that I was coming to one of the best teams in the country," Highsmith said. "I am very excited about being a Razorback and coming to help them win a national championship."

Highsmith is the son of the former University of Miami and NFL player of the same name and won the Region I Co-Defensive Player of the Year despite his team going just 2-8 this season.

"Arkansas just has everything that I was looking for in a school," Highsmith said. "It's in the SEC, is one of the top programs in the country and there is a chance for me to come in and play right away. I really love the coaches and am excited about being a Razorback."

He had 94 tackles, 12 of those for lost yardage and also had four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Highsmith chose Arkansas over Washington – where he also visited - Cincinnati and SMU.

"Washington was great, but Arkansas is the best situation for me," Highsmith said.

Highsmith hopes he brings a hard-nosed mentality to Arkansas.

"I really like to stick my nose in there and hit people," Highsmith said. "You have to have that mentality to play the position and it is something I think I was born with. I also feel real good about my coverage skills and my ability to make tackles from one side of the field to the other."

Highsmith had hoped to be a mid-term graduate, but has to take one more class to be able to come to an SEC school.

"I have to take the college english class," Highsmith said. "I took it online, but the SEC doesn't allow it online."





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