- Prospect: Brian Hightower
- Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
- High School: IMG Academy
- Class: 2018
- Position: Wide receiver
- Size: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds
- Ranking on Scout: No. 7 WR | No. 10 prospect in Fla. | No. 57 overall
It started the summer going into his sophomore year. That is when Nebraska became the first school to offer Hightower. Since then, 32 other schools have offered according to the junior wide receiver. He says he now has 33 total offers. LSU is the most recent school to offer; the Tigers offered September 6. During the spring, he picked up many of his offers. Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas A&M among others pulled the trigger before the end of his sophomore year. Being from California, he picked up offers from from California and UCLA earlier than spring 2016 — he got those back in 2015. Hightower went back home over the summer and he camped at USC and he visited UCLA — both are considered contenders for the Scout 100 junior. The Trojans offered him at their camp.
When asked about the Bruins and the Trojans, he had nothing but good things to say about each. Hightower said, "I have a great relationship with coach [Eric] Yarber (wide receivers) and I love the campus there. With USC, it is a school with great tradition and they have produced great wide receivers." He also visited a school over the summer in the state he resides in now — Miami. "I have really developed a great relationship with wide receiver coach [Ron] Dugans. I loved it there, and it is a really nice campus. Also, it is The U."
Clemson hosted Hightower as well. The Tigers have been known for producing big-time receivers in recent years and Hightower complimented the coaches and the campus and the education CU offered. Schools will have a hard time getting him on campus for a game this fall due to the schedule IMG Academy plays.
He plans to take the recruiting process "slow" and Hightower said he will likely commit "next summer". He is from Calabasas (Calf.), but he said he is willing to go anywhere, and that location will not play into his decision. His decision will come down to his feel on campus, how he feels coaches can develop him, the academic side of things and if he has a chance to get on the field in 2018.
Hightower is a wide receiver who can get vertical and stretch the field. He has great size and length that makes him stand out immediately. Then, when you see him run — he is that much more impressive. He is a long strider, and he covers a lot of ground quickly eating up space between him and the cornerback, then getting behind the defender. His hands are strong, and he has shown the ability to make the catch in traffic and receive the ball well away from his body. He is at IMG Academy, so he is playing with some elite receivers, so he does not stay on the field all game. He does flash his ability, but he has a very high ceiling at his position. He can improve his route running. He needs to run more crisp routes, sink his hips in and out of his breaks, and become more explosive. That will come. Hightower is on track to be one of the best in 2018.