Big-Time LB Has UM Offer

This super talented linebacker prospect may have been the Defensive Player of the Week in the entire state of Florida in his team's season opener last week. He talked about that performance as well as the recruiting process. With a UM offer in hand, he talked about the Hurricanes, where they stand, and what his thoughts on last week's game were in this interview.

One of the top defensive players I saw all last season was Miami (Fla.) Central standout linebacker Ali Highsmith. I had the opportunity to watch the standout linebacker twice last season, including a third round playoff game that he absolutely dominated.

After a very strong summer, which included an excellent performance at the UM camp, Highsmith started his season in outstanding fashion last week.

In a 32-0 win over Killian, Highsmith had 12 tackles, four for loss, two sacks, one caused fumble, and two defensive touchdowns.

"I did alright," Highsmith said. "We were playing a pretty good team and a really good running back [junior Bobby Washington]. We did a real good job of shutting him down but he's a great back and real strong."

At 6-feet and 210 pounds, Highsmith has now scored a defensive touchdown in his last three regular season games dating back to last season.

"I've gotten a bunch of calls lately," he said. "N.C. State, LSU, Auburn, Miami, Florida, Kansas, and Ohio State are some of the ones that have called."

Highsmith was asked about his current favorites.

"I really haven't given it much thought so far," he said. "I know four that I like and they are Ohio State, LSU, Auburn, and Miami. Those four have offered and I'll probably take visits to those places after the season's over."

The talented linebacker talked about the game in Gainesville last Saturday.

"I would've gone but I didn't have a way to get there," he said. "I thought it'd be a closer game than it was. Miami just overpowered them. Their defense played great."

So do the hometown Hurricanes, who are in excellent shape to land fellow Central defensive terror Bryan Pata, hold the upper hand?

"Nah, they're all even right now," he said. "I like Miami and all, but the only advantage they have is being close to home. It's not like I'm favoring them right now or anything. I'll focus more on that after the season."

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