LB Hoping For UM Offer

This standout linebacker had an impressive spring which resulted in a few scholarship offers. However, he is still hoping for an offer from the Miami Hurricanes, which is a big reason why he showed up to camp this past Sunday at UM. He talks about the camp in this interview.

"It went alright," he said. "I had a good time. There was some strong competition and it gave me a chance to work out for the Miami coaches. Afterwards, I had the chance to meet and talk to them. They said they're recruiting me."

Measured at 5-foot-11 1/2 and 210 pounds, Highsmith carries a 2.9 GPA inside the classroom and is trying to bring up his first SAT score. He also competes in track.

A second cousin of former UM standout Alonzo Highsmith, Ali hasn't always been a linebacker.

"I used to play safety," he said. "I started when I was about 8 and played safety until I got to high school when I became a linebacker."

Highsmith had a busy spring talking to college coaches from all over.

"UM called, Oklahoma, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, and Clemson were some others," he said. "The ones that have given me [offers] are Oklahoma and LSU. I'm hoping the rest of them do."

Highsmith said he hasn't started to narrow down his list, but has a pretty good idea.

"I'm keeping my options open," he said. "There's a good chance I'll leave Florida. I'm more worried about us making it to the big dance this year. We had a good spring, but there's always room for improvement. The No. 1 goal this year is making it to the dance. We made it to the third round last year so we're hungry now."

Highsmith did offer up a list of schools that he'd like to check out this fall.

"My visits will probably be to UM, Florida State, Oklahoma, and LSU," he said. "I want to check out those places."

The talented linebacker talked about what he liked about UM.

"They have a real good program that's always winning," he said. "I like the kind of defense they run too. Miami's straight."

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