Trip Report - Alonzo Highsmith Jr.

Washington hosted one of the top JUCO outside linebackers in the country this weekend when they brought in Phoenix College's Alonzo Highsmith Jr. (6-2, 215) for his official visit. He told that the trip blew him away and it put Washington at the top of his list, but he still has another visit before he'll be ready to make his final decision...

"It was a great visit up there," Highsmith told Friday evening. "I'd never been to Washington before and it was a really great place.

"I thought it was going to be really cold, but it wasn't that bad; it was manageable for me.

"The uniforms they had on were tight, I really liked those a lot. They were intimidating and you could tell the players liked wearing them.

"The crowd was hyped too. They were really into it and the team played a good game. That was defnitely the highlight of my trip."

Highsmith's host was an old friend, Victor Aiyewa, who ironically is the man who Highsmith is being looked at to replace.

"They like me at the SAM, where Aiyewa plays," Highsmith said. "He just talked about the school and how they've helped him get ready for life after football.

"He played a great game and I really liked how they used him and I could definitely see myself out there making plays like he did."

Highsmith also got some face time with head coach Steve Sarkisian and linebackers coach Mike Cox and both reiterated what they liked about him most.

"They like my intensity and how I fly around," Highsmith said. "They said they need 'backers next year and they liked what I could bring to their defense.

"This visit definitely puts them at the top for me and it will be tough to beat, but I still want to visit Cincinnati and see what they have to offer."

Besides his offer from Washington, Highsmith also has full-rides from SMU and Cincinnati and he said once he gets back from his visit to the Queen City he'll be ready to make his decision.

"I'm visiting Cincinnati on December 4th when they play Pittsburgh," Highsmith said. "After that, I will come home, think about things, talk to my dad and then I will decide.

"My dad is in my corner. He doesn't care where I go as long as I'm happy so that's great to have that support."

Highsmith's team finished 2-8 this season, but it wasn't because of his efforts. The talented outside linebacker posted 94 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and also posted two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Highsmith is on pace to sign with a school in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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