Highsmith Excited About Fall

Former Miami (Fla.) Central standout linebacker Ali Highsmith says it's been too long since he last stepped onto a football field. "After the season ended, I played in the all-star games," Highsmith said. "The Dade/Broward game is the last time I've suited up and it's been too long. I'm hungry to get back out there."

The talented linebacker has been busy preparing for life as a Hurricane this summer.

"At first I was doing my own workouts and conditioning and stuff," he said. "Now we go down Monday through Saturday to work out and do 7-on-7's and stuff like that."

Highsmith, who is checking in around 220 pounds these days, talked about that experience.

"All the running is hard if you're not used to it," he said. "We're getting used to by now though."

He's been working in with his fellow freshman linebackers as well as the returning varsity players.

"I've been working in with the third team at sam," he said. "McIntosh is first and then Carl Walker and then me. I've been learning a lot."

One of the reasons for his learning is due to the experience of some of his teammates.

"We have a lot of seniors that have been around," he said. "DJ Williams, Vilma, those guys have been around and played a lot so they're able to help the young guys out."

Highsmith, who has passed the SAT, is one of several incoming freshmen that's been working out with the team this summer.

"It's all the local guys basically plus [Vegas Franklin," he said. "We're all working pretty hard."

Highsmith, who is not sure what number he'll be wearing this season, was asked about the possibility of a redshirt season.

"I don't know yet but I'm thinking I'll play," he said. "We lose a lot of guys next year so they'll need some guys with experience."

Highsmith said he's glad to be on another team that's thinking championship.

"All before last year we worked real hard at Central because we wanted to win it," he said. "Now it's the same. Of course it's harder and everything but the attitude towards winning a championship is the same. Everybody wants it and we're doing whatever it takes."

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