Highsmith has enrolled at LSU for the spring semester, marking the end of an evidently long-term recruiting process from offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.
Highsmith was torn between the Hurricanes and Tigers before he pledged to UM late in the process, but he was forced to retake the SAT despite making the required score in August. He took the test again last month and got another qualifying mark.
A product of Miami-Central, Highsmith was considered one of the state's top prospects in 2002. As a senior, he had 90 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, caused eight fumbles, recovered six fumbles and returned three fumbles for touchdowns during his senior season. As a junior in 2001, he made 90 tackles, seven quarterback sacks and had two interceptions
As recently as Dec. 25, Highsmith sounded as though he was still heading for Coral Gables. In an interview with Mike Bakas of CanesTime.com, he said he had been in touch with Miami coaches regarding the start of classes on Jan. 20.
"I told (Miami's coaches) that it doesn't matter who's doing what out there because I'm coming to take someone's position," said Highsmith. "They might have some good ones, but they ain't got nobody like me out there. I'm gonna show 'em what's up."
Highsmith was measured at 6-feet, 205 pounds just before Signing Day 2003 but is reportedly up to 6-1, 220.
In Baton Rouge, he will reunite with good friend Dwayne Bowe, a Miami-Norland graduate who played against Highsmith.
In his December interview, Highsmith discussed how much he is looking forward to spring practice.
"It'll be over a year since I last strapped it up," he said. "I feel sorry for whoever is on the other side of the ball when it's my turn. I'm out there to do something. People are gonna recognize me out there, I promise you that."
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