On Monday evening, Miami Hurricanes sophomore WR Brian Hightower announced his intention to leave the program via the transfer portal.
Thank You. pic.twitter.com/zV0pyxQHTd— Brian Hightower (@longlivee14) October 21, 2019
A 6’3” 210lb Los Angeles, CA native, Hightower came to Miami in the 2018 recruiting class after 2 years at the football factory of Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy. Before transferring to IMG, Hightower was a record-setting player at Calabasas (CA) HS. Hightower posted a 71 catch, 1,344 yard, 14 TD season as a sophomore for the California school before heading East.
After ending his prep career as an Army All-American, Hightower enrolled early at Miami in January 2018. After participating in spring camp, Hightower had a rotation role on Miami’s offense last year. The highlight of Hightower’s freshman year, and in the end, his entire Miami Hurricanes career, was a touchdown he scored in the 2018 season opener vs LSU.
Brian Hightower @longlivee14 true freshman Miami WR with his first collegiate catch for a 31yd TD to cut it to 33-17 vs LSU pic.twitter.com/qh8pMuWHqo— Day1 to D1 (@Day1toD1) September 3, 2018
While that looked to be the beginning of a nice career here, the ends up being the single high point of a short stint in Coral Gables.
For his 1 year and some change in Miami, Hightower accumulated 12 catches for 148 yards and the above-embedded touchdown. He played in 9 games total, 7 as a freshman and 2 as a sophomore before today’s decision to enter the Portal.
While it is hard to see a player of his pedigree and potential leave the program, things obviously weren’t going Hightower’s way here in Miami. And this move will hopefully have him find a future collegiate home where he can maximize his performance in the future.
We wish Brian Hightower the best in his future endeavors.
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