"They came out here about a month ago and said they were interested," Highsmith said. "I guess they went back and watched tape and on Monday night they told my dad they were offering me a scholarship. It was put in the mail and I told them that I'm ready to commit. That's how it went down."
Highsmith, who is being recruited by coach Tommie Robinson, said the offer from Miami was his first.
"Boston College was close to offering and a lot of other schools were showing interest," he said. "It would not have mattered, though. Miami's my dream. I've always wanted to go there. I always loved them growing up and I think they'll be back on top very soon."
Why the commitment so early in the process?
"Why wait," he said. "I knew this is where I'd go if they offered me so I had no reason to wait around for other schools."
The talented quarterback prospect, who lived in Miami when he was 11 and 12, said the Canes plan on starting him off at quarterback.
"I have the athletic ability to play other positions but I'll start out as a quarterback there," he said. "That's the plan and we'll see what happens from there. I'm just excited to be apart of the family down there."
Highsmith, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, talked about what he brings to the table as a prospect.
"I'm a real student of the game," he said. "I study tape a lot and understand my opponents really well."
The talented junior, who also runs track at Hightower High, carries a 3.2 GPA and plans on taking the SAT for the first time on March 1.
Highsmith is Miami's first commitment for the Class of 2009 after the Canes finished with the nation's third-best recruiting class on National Signing Day.