With some players, you only need to see 2-3 plays to quickly figure out they're gifted above the rest of their peers. Wide out Brian Hightower fits that category.
Hightower is an early four-star receiver in the 2018 class and just oozes upside and potential. His sophomore tape is tremendous and he'll be in the running for top overall prospect in the West when he's a senior.
At 6-3, 185 pounds, he has a great frame and plenty of room to add additional weight down the line. He runs well and shows the potential to be both a deep threat and runs very well after the catch.
He has soft hands and catches everything away from his body, has excellent timing in jump ball situations, is a smooth route runner, very good body control and is even a willing blocker. Hightower is one of those players where the game just looks easy for him and he has a chance to be as good as he wants to be down the line.
On the recruiting front, Hightower picked up early offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Washington State and landed his dream offer over the weekend.
"Alabama offered me and that's my dream school right there," Hightower said. "I've always liked them, the tradition of winning and the receivers they produce that have gone on to the NFL has always impressed me.
"Alabama is the highest level of college football and like I said, that winning tradition is incredible. I've followed them since I was young and have watched guys like Julio Jones and Mark Ingram. I've never visited before but I definitely want to try and get out there for sure."
In addition to the schools that have offered, Hightower said he's also hearing from Washington, Florida State and UCLA.
"I'm visiting Nebraska this weekend for the Michigan State game," Hightower said. "That's the only visit I have set up right now. The top schools for me right now, no order, would be Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida State, UCLA and Oklahoma.
"It's still early for me and I'm not ready to make a quick decision anywhere right now. I'm going to play out the process a little and just see where things go."