Running back/cornerback Forrest Hightower (5-10, 171, 4.55) from Concord, Calif., is flying somewhat under the radar, but that is about to change. The talented two-way standout has one offer pending and several other schools beginning to take notice.
In nine games as a junior, Hightower rushed for 1,273 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also had one receiving touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Hightower is a lockdown cover corner who picked off seven passes.
Hightower's junior season performance saw him earn first-team all-league, second-team Cream of the Crop and second-team all-area.
"Forrest is a natural," Concord coach Brian Hamilton. "He has the most ability and skill of anyone I have ever coached."
"Forrest went out for basketball for the first time and two weeks later, he was the starting point guard," Hamilton said. "He also tried out for the high jump and did a 6-2 his first time out."
"Then he tried the 100 and was never in blocks before. We had to show him how and while in his tennis shoes he ran an 11.2. Once Forrest gets his spikes and learns how to use the blocks, he will run the 100 in a consistent 10.5. He has that type of ability and speed."
"Forrest is a game breaker," Hamilton said. "He has long legs and can cover five yards in two steps. He has a long stride.
"Forrest has great vision and is a fantastic decision maker," Hamilton said. "Plus he's an outstanding cornerback."
On the recruiting trail, Hightower has a pending offer from Arizona State and Tennessee, LSU, Notre Dame and Oregon have sent mail.
In closing Hamilton had the following to say about his talented athlete.
"I think once colleges find out more about Forrest," Hamilton said. "He should be on a national stage."