Lee Hightower: Out Of The Blue

Loyola HS ATH Lee Hightower (Los Angeles, CA) signed with Boise State last week as a member of the 2011 recruiting class. It seems each year there's a "surprise" signee and this year was no different as Hightower took an official visit to Boise State just a few days before he faxed his LOI to BSU. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his future as a Bronco.

Loyola HS ATH Lee Hightower (Los Angeles, CA) signed with Boise State last week as a member of the 2011 recruiting class. It seems each year there's a "surprise" signee and this year was no different as Hightower took an official visit to Boise State just a few days before he faxed his LOI to BSU.

"Well, I was really looking at Penn and Yale by the time December rolled around," he said. "I got a call from Coach Yates around the second week of January and took a trip the weekend before Signing Day. I talked about it with my parents after the trip and decided that Boise was the best place for me."

Hightower also held offers from San Diego State, San Jose State, and Air Force. He added one more to that total on Signing Day when Washington offered him just before he faxed his LOI to Boise State.

"Coach Martin called and offered me on Signing Day," he stated. "They had been talking about it for a few weeks so I knew it was a possibility. I just felt like I'd rather go to a place that had been recruiting me for a longer time. I was already comfortable with Boise."

DBs Coach Marcel Yates was a big factor in Hightower's decision. The future Bronco says Coach Yates will help him accomplish his goals.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach Yates. He was a big part of my decision," he said. "There aren't many programs that allow you to set goals before you start everything. I want to go to the Ivy League for graduate school or to the NFL when I'm finished at Boise. Coach Yates told me he'll keep pushing me to my goals."

Loyola's proud football program has struggled for the better part of five years. They have gone through two coaching changes in the last four years and finished with a record of 3-7 in 2010. Having said that, the adversity allowed Hightower (6'2, 190, 4.5) to understand the importance of staying focused on the task at hand.

"I had to face a lot with the coaching changes," he said. "I learned how to rebound and keep myself focused. I owe a lot of that to my DB Coach. He really helped me stay focused. I'll take a lot from that experience and be better in the future because of it."

What can Bronco fans expect to see from Lee Hightower?

"They can expect to see someone with good ball skills," he said. "I have a deep knowledge of the game and I understand how things are supposed to work," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Lee Hightower.


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