Ravens to host running back

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OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens have scheduled a visit with University of Richmond running back Tim Hightower, a potential late-round or priority undrafted free agent prospect.

A Waldorf native, Hightower was a three-year starter for the Spiders who rushed for 3,712 career yards with 34 touchdowns. He caught 106 passes for 818 yards and five touchdowns.

At 5-foot-11, 224 pounds, Hightower runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.

He draws solid marks for size, tackle-breaking and durability, but lacks breakaway speed.

A small-school standout, Hightower could find a niche in the NFL as a short-yardage runner and on special teams.

He had a breakthrough season as a senior, gaining a career-high 1,924 yards and 20 touchdowns while catching 32 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns.

The Ravens also attended Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice's Pro Day. Choice is expected to be picked in the third or fourth round.

An Oklahoma transfer, Choice gained 1,473 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior when he led the ACC in rushing. As a senior, he totaled 1,379 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

University of Maryland running back Keon Lattimore, middle linebacker Ray Lewis' brother, worked out for the Ravens at their annual local prospects' day.

That session was also attended by University of Virginia offensive guard Branden Albert, a projected top 15 selection who graduated from Glen Burnie High School.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.


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