Huskies extend offer to JUCO LB

On Friday, Phoenix College LB Alonzo Highsmith Jr. got some good news from Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian -- an official offer from the Huskies. While he's very high on the Dawgs at this point, he told that he's still weighing his options and will visit Seattle after the season to see the program up close...

Highsmith's father, Alonzo Sr., played at the University of Miami and was drafted in the first round (third overall) by the Houston Oilers. He enjoyed a six-year career that ended three years after Alonzo Jr. was born.

Highsmith prepped at Lawrence E Elkins (Missouri City, Tx.) High School and was unable to get a qualifying test score in order to qualify.

"I went to a prep school, but after a year, I couldn't get my ACT score up and I had a couple of friends here at Phoenix so it just made sense to head here and play," Highsmith told Friday evening. "It's been a learning experience for me. I know I have my future in my hands and I need to get it done in the classroom as well as out on the field if I want to keep playing this game I love."

As a freshman last fall, Highsmith started five games and racked up 55 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception and a fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown. This year, he's started every game at weakside linebacker and in five games he's totaled 44 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and he also picked up a blocked field goal and raced 90 yards for a touchdown against Arizona Western.

"The best thing I do is get the quarterback," Highsmith said. "I can drop in coverage and stop the run, but there is something about getting to the quarterback that I do naturally.

"I just never give up and I pursue from sideline to sideline."

On the recruiting front, two schools have extended offers and more could be on the way woon.

"SMU had already offered and today I got an offer from Washington," Highsmith recalled. "Coach (Dan) Cozzetto had been recruiting me for them and he came and saw me play a few weeks ago.

"After they saw me play live they wanted my transcripts and they wanted some film, so we got those up to them and then today when I spoke to them, coach Sarkisian got on the phone and said they had looked things over and they thought I could get in there by spring so I could be there for spring ball, so they wanted to offer me.

"I was real excited. Washington is a big-time program. I watched their game against USC a couple of weeks ago and they played well.

"I'm pretty close with Victor Aiyewa who plays up there so I know a lot about their program already and they are a school I'm really high on."

Highsmith said SMU and Washington have been working to get him to their schools for a visit, but because of his schedule he won't be able to do that until after his season ends.

"When it's over, I will visit Washington and SMU," Highsmith said. "Texas A&M and Cincinnati are both recruiting me and they might be close to offering too, but right now it's just the two."

Highsmith is three classes short of being able to sign in December and is preparing to take some on-line courses over the next two months in order to get into a school mid-year.

We'll continue to keep track of things over the next couple of months and we'll update news about Highsmith's recruitment.

Wherever he ends up, Highsmith will have three years to play two following the season.

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