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A.J. Highsmith is 100 percent a Hurricane!

As he sat in the stands watching future opponent Missouri City Elkins play against Fort Bend Marshall, University of Miami commitment A.J. Highsmith and his impressive Fort Bend Hightower team felt pretty good about their chances this season.

After speaking with the 6-1, 180-pound quarterback/safety, the son of one time University of Miami and Columbus High standout, Alonzo Highsmith, he is excited about the opportunity to become a ‘Cane next year.

Highsmith is a gifted talent who is still being looked at by other programs such as the University of Houston as a quarterback, but he said that his commitment to Miami is solid and he “has been a lifelong Hurricane fan”.

The Elkins squad is quite impressive with junior offensive lineman Jake Matthews (6-4, 290) and junior receiver Jordan Jolly (6-1, 170) expected to be among the nation’s best next season. Matthews is the son of former Houston Oiler Bruce Matthews.

Senior quarterback Dean Brantley (6-2, 175), defensive back Chauncey Williams (6-0, 170) and receiver Nick Harwell (6-0, 180) were also impressive.

Marshall defensive back Tony Hurd is a solid player and fellow junior Denzel Young is the nephew of quarterback Vince Young.

The other game I had the chance to check out on Thursday was a 4A contest between Sharpstown and Westbury. Sharpstown is where Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Adai played. The Appolos have a tremendous junior quarterback in Sam Carter and freshman safety John Gibson.

Westbury featured University of Houston running back commit Charles Sims, who had 155 yards on his first 7 carries. Defensive tackle DeAnthony Sims is also one of the top seniors in Texas.

Saturday’s matchup between Cypress Bay and Katy is receiving plenty of attention as the contest will be the feature game locally at 3:30 EDT. Katy is 3-2, but has been playing much better after two losses to open the season.