Higby was just another camper last July before a one-on-one conversation with Les Miles produced an offer. It was his first at the time, and the LSU coaches felt they found a diamond in the rough.
Higby's now a three-star prospect, ranked as the No. 48 OG though the Tigers like him as a tackle. Other schools have joined the mix as well, with programs like TCU, Miami, Wake Forest, Houston, Maryland and Texas State on his offer list.
And with his spring practices kicking off soon, Higby said his recruitment is heating up.
"It's starting to pick up a lot recently," Higby said. "We start spring practice next week. There have been a lot of schools coming by and I've been keeping in touch with the schools that have offered."
One such school is LSU. Though Greg Studrawa was in charge of the offensive line when Higby picked up his offer, new OL coach Jeff Grimes kept him on the board and continued to recruit him. Higby had an opportunity to meet him in late March when he attended one of the Tigers' spring practices.
"I went to practice a little over a month ago, and I had a good talk with him and Coach Miles," said Higby, who measures 6-foot-5, 290 pounds. "I like him a lot. He seems like a really good coach and pays attention to detail. He likes me. He said I'm very athletic and have good, quick feet, also that I'm a good run blocker."
Adam Henry, who recruits the Houston area for LSU, was by Higby's school earlier this spring, and he said the Tigers were there again last week, though Higby missed them.
"We just had our state championships for track this past weekend in Dallas, so I had to leave Thursday afternoon, and my coach told me LSU was there Friday morning watching our quarterback and receiver and he wanted to see me too."
Higby hopes LSU returns again this spring to see him strap on the pads, but if they don't, he will be at camp in June to show his talents to Coach Grimes. That will be a vital step in the evaluation process and another opportunity for Higby to check out LSU.
His visit this summer will be his third since landing the LSU offer, and he likes a lot about the Tigers' program.
"The location, it's only a four-hour drive, so my parents and other family members can come see me easily," Higby said. "I know people that went there, and they loved it. It's a top football program every year, and it has an amazing academic center for student athletes."
Other than LSU, Higby has visited Wake Forest, Texas and Auburn recently. This summer he plans to check out USC and Texas again. He doesn't have a commitment timeline, but if things continue trending this direction, look for LSU to have a big chance at landing him before the start of his senior season.
Higby isn't focused on that though, and his goals for the rest of spring are simple.
"Just to show everyone what I can do," he said.