Fort Bend (Texas) Hightower quarterback A.J. Highsmith grew up a Miami Hurricane. Once a Hurricane, always a Hurricane.
"A.J. committed to Miami last night," father, Alonzo Highsmith, said.
"He grew up a Hurricane and he's been around the program since he was a young kid. In the bottom of his heart, he wanted to be a Hurricane."
His father, Alonzo, played at Miami from 1983-86 and played in the NFL for seven years for the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is now an advanced scout for the Green Bay Packers for the past 10 seasons.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete has been pursued by Boston College, Alabama, Texas A&M, Virginia and Georgia Tech, just to name a few.
In two seasons, he has thrown for over 4,500 yards and 43 touchdowns, earning first-team, all-district selection as a junior.
"The Miami coaches came down and did all the film work on him," Highsmith. "Every time they watched film on him they thought he was the best player on the field. The offensive coordinator came down and their recruiting coordinator came down and took the tape back on him. The staff looked at the tape and they all agreed that he is a heck of a football player."
While he is going to get a shot at quarterback, he could end up playing another position at Miami much like his father. Alonzo Highsmith played linebacker his entire prep career as a linebacker. He moved to running back as a freshman at Miami and ended up in the NFL.
"I never played running back in high school," Highsmith said. "The same thing could happen to A.J. He didn't start playing quarterback until his ninth grade season. If he stuck to safety from day one, I think he could be one of the best in the country right now. The coaches said he can pick his position, but he could be a tremendous safety in college."
Highsmith has already started running track for the Hightower Hurricanes and currently holds a 3.5 grade-point-average in accelerated classes.