Devin Hightower is a player that’s on Pitt’s radar and over the weekend he made a visit to the Pitt facilities.
Hightower (6’2″, 210) is a 3-star outside linebacker from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio. Currently, Hightower holds offers from Pitt, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Cincinnati and Rutgers.
The strength of his game is his speed to track down the ball carrier sideline to sideline as well as being a player that can defend the pass by covering backs and tight ends.
Hightower and his parents traveled to Pittsburgh for an unofficial visit and were able to watch Pitt’s scrimmage on Saturday at Heinz Field.
“Pitt was really nice,” said Hightower. “I saw how they really upgraded things and it was just nice to be able to meet and talk with the coaches firsthand instead of texting them or talking to them on the phone. I really liked meeting them in person and I had a really good time.”
“When I first got there, they showed up around. Since they scrimmaged on Saturday, I was able to go to Heinz Field which was really cool to be able to be in where they play their games. Plus, that’s where the Steelers play so that was cool. I was also able to watch film with them and see how they run their defense. I liked being in the room with the players and be with them as they watched film, it was like I was a member of the team.”
Hightower also got a chance to spend time with Rob Harley, who he would play under and who is currently recruiting him.
“I think we have a pretty good relationship,” said Hightower. “We talk pretty often and also text a lot. It was really good to meet him in person because you can tell he knows a lot about the game. Coach Harley sees me as one of those two outside linebackers and he likes how I’m long, fast, athletic and physical. He believes with that skill set that if I go there I can really fit in and excel.”
Hightower tells PSN that this Saturday, he’ll be making a visit to Northwestern and has made recent visits to West Virginia and Penn State.
“I’m just trying to make as many spring visits as possible but I can say that Pitt was definitely one of the better visits that I’ve been on and my family liked it too. They liked how the coaches were very friendly and it was like family. That’s important because they’ll be leaving me with those coaches for like 300 and some days and they said they’d feel very comfortable leaving me there.”
Hightower tells me that he wants to make a decision anytime between now and August (the start of this high school season). The talented linebacker is talking with the Pitt coaches about making his official visit to Pitt on June 14.