CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ticket. Punched.
Tee Higgins brought his lunch pail with him to Mallard Creek (N.C.) High School for The Opening Charlotte in April and the hard work leading up to the event paid off as the Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School wide receiver earned an invite to The Opening Finals.
“I was shocked (when his name got called),” Higgins told InsideTennessee. “It really made me proud.”
The Opening Finals is the nation’s premier high school event of the spring and summer and features 166 high school football players from all over the country.
“It means a lot; it shows that hard work does pay off,” Higgins said. “I started training two months ago, which is really not good enough, but I started training and working hard every Tuesday and Thursday and sometimes Saturday before our AAU games. But, yeah, it feels great.
The 6-foot-4 1/2, 187-pounder takes on the nation’s best defensive backs at NIKE Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, on July 5-10..
“I’m just going to try to catch every pass. That’s every receiver’s goal, but I’m going to go up there and do what I’m supposed to do and show out.,” Higgins said.
Higgins ranks by Scout as the No. 5 wide receiver in the nation and No. 38 prospect in the 2017 class. He caught 56 passes for 1,028 yards with 18 touchdowns in 2015.
The four-star prospect mentioned Christian Bramwell of Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C., and LeAnthony Williams Jr. of Roswell (Ga.) High School as the defensive backs in the Queen City that impressed him the most.