Things are heating up for Highsmith

It's been an eventful season for linebacker Alonzo Highsmith of Phoenix College. He's picked up three scholarship offers and was named National Junior College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week after a dominating performance vs. Scottsdale last Saturday.

"I had a pick-six against Scottsdale," said Phoenix College linebacker Alonzo Highsmith. "The tight end ran a short drag in front of me and our defensive line got good pressure on the quarterback.

"The QB had to scramble and the tight end stayed still in front of me, so I stepped in front of him and picked it off. There was no looking back after that."

Highsmith's TD put the Bears on top, 21-13, and they held off Scottsdale by a final score of 48-36. The standout LB recorded nine solo stops and 2 tackles for loss.

"We're 2-5 on the year - not too hot," said Highsmith, "but we have the number five team in the nation up next: (Arizona) Western. They have the number one JUCO player in defensive tackle Jesse Williams (Bama) and their running back, Reggie Bullock, is also highly-recruited.

"We'll be able to have some strut in our step if we can knock off a team of their caliber."

Western also features CB Isiah Wiley (Arkansas commit), a graduate of powerhouse West Monroe HS in Louisiana.

For the year, Highsmith has 60-plus tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. He's also blocked a field goal and returned it for a TD.

What's the latest on his recruitment?

"SMU, Washington, and Cincinnati have offered and I have visits sets up to Washington and Cincy after the season ends. I haven't planned a visit to SMU yet, but they most definitely have a chance with me.

"Texas A&M is talking to me and I'm just waiting to see if they're going to pull the trigger. USC also called and asked my coach a bunch of questions recently.

"Back in high school, my brother A.J. was Darius Johnson's quarterback and our families are really close. He used to always come by our house when we were in high school. He's talked to me about coming to SMU."

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