While he knew it during his last second official visit on Saturday, he didn’t announce his intention until Wednesday morning of national signing day in front of family and friends during Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview’s commitment ceremony.
At the time, Higdon was committed to play for Iowa, and surprised many by his switch to the Wolverines. But his decision shouldn’t come to a surprise at all -- considering the three-star running back carries a 4.0 GPA – with Michigan offering more than just a football scholarship, Higdon says.
“Michigan was the school for me simply because you take football out of the equation, you got something really strong in that degree,” Higdon said. “Something so powerful, you can’t go wrong wherever you go. You can take that degree with you the rest of your life use it anywhere. You’re not limited to this part of the world or the United States, you can take it anywhere. It can do what other degrees can’t.”
U-M coach Jim Harbaugh pointed out in his press conference in Wednesday that Higdon missed his first flight before his visit, but still got up the next morning to catch the first flight up Ann Arbor during a major snowstorm.A sign that Higdonwas serious about playing at Michigan.
“Karan is a young man who never backs down from a challenge,” Harbaugh said. “His attitude is tremendous -- Karan is dedicated and hardworking. That positive example rubs off on others around him, and that is a true talent and gift. We are ecstatic to bring him to Ann Arbor and see him grow. And we at Michigan are fortunate to call him one of our own."
And during his visit, he got a chance to meet with Harbaugh and his position coach – Tyrone Wheatley – for the first time.
“My visit was real short,’ Higdon said. “I didn’t get to see too much. But I was definitely comfortable hanging out with coach Harbaugh, Wheatley and [Chris] Singletary. Especially coach Harbaugh and Wheatley, those are guys who have been at the next level. They’ve done it. They’ve grinded through it. So they know what it takes. They got something special to give to football players like myself to develop and mold them into a potential NFL player.”
Higdon, who ran for 1,471 yards and 16 touchdowns during his high school career, says the meeting showed him he could play in Michigan’s offensive system.
“They see me as a perfect fit,” Higdon said on his conversation with Harbaugh and Wheatley. “A pro-style offense. Harbaugh is coming from the [San Francisco] 49ers, which happens to be my favorite team. So I know exactly what offense they run. I watched certain schemes of it by watching them play. I feel like I would be a perfect fit for their system.” At 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, Higdon is smaller than the majority of the backs on Michigan’s roster. And while he’ll most likely start at the bottom of the depth chart, he says his goal isn’t to sit out his first year at Michigan.
“Redshirting is definitely not my intention,” Higdon said. “If that was my intention, then I probably shouldn’t be playing football. My intention is to come in and hop into the rotation and work my way into a starting sport. Of course, it’s going to take hard and dedication. But hard work and dedication is what makes me.”
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