Schools still chasing committed QB

A.J. Highsmith is one of the top prospects from the state of Texas this year and the Sugarland (Hightower) standout talked to about the latest.

Hurricane Ike did a number on the Houston area and A.J. Highsmith considers it a blessing that everything is OK with him. He and his Hightower teammates returned to school on Monday and began practicing for the first time in a couple weeks.

"We haven't played our last two games but we're on for this week," Highsmith said. "I'm real excited to get back out there playing again. We still have a few teammates who are without power but we're all glad to be practicing again."

Highsmith, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, was able to utilize the time off to his advantage when it comes to football.

"Me and some of my teammates came to the school and worked out together, threw the ball around, did some one-on-ones, and things like that," he said.

The talented quarterback, who threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns in his first game this season, had a chance to travel to College Station last Saturday to watch the Miami Hurricanes take on the Texas A&M Aggies.

"That was a great experience," he said. "My whole family went. My dad was up in the box because he was scouting (for the Green Bay Packers). It was really nice getting to see Miami play in person like that."

Highsmith made an early commitment to the Canes, where his father once played, when they offered him back in the early part of spring. He talked about what he thought of their performance on Saturday.

"The offense has improved a lot since the first game of the season and that's all you can ask for," he said. "Everyone seems to be getting more comfortable. Robert Marve's doing a real nice job and the young receivers are starting to settle in. I'm real excited to see what they'll be able to do as the season goes on and they continue to gain more and more experience."

Highsmith believes Miami opened up the offense a little bit against Texas A&M after struggling against Florida two weeks prior.

"I thought they were a little conservative," he said. "This time, they opened it up more and I think it helped them a lot. They took some shots and the receivers can make plays, all of them."

Highsmith said he has not yet scheduled his official visit to Miami but may do that later this week.

"Whenever the Miami coaches call this week I'm gonna talk about that with them," he said. "It's gonna be tough getting to any of their games this season because our schedule is going to be a little different. We might have to play on a Monday and then on Saturday, things like that."

Despite his commitment to the Hurricanes, Highsmith said other schools are still trying to recruit him.

"Texas A&M has been showing a lot of interest," he said. "They're looking for a quarterback like me to come in and run their new system. U of H still calls, Oklahoma State still calls."

Will the talented quarterback prospect take some other visits besides his trip to Miami?

"I'm thinking about it," he said. "I gotta see what comes up but I'm definitely still committed to Miami. I'd just like to get out and experience some new things, enjoy the process, see what's out there. But I'm definitely all Miami."

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