BRADENTON, Fla. – One of the country’s top 2018 wide receivers, IMG’s Brian Hightower, is just getting himself familiarized with his new school.
“It’s been great, adapting to this environment,” Hightower, a 4-star prospect, told Landof10. “I’ve got some great teammates and it’s been a big help. It’s a big adjustment.”
The Calabasas (Calif.) native transferred to IMG last winter and is beginning to understand the system and expectations within the Ascenders program.
“It’s tough. Every day I’m going against guys like (Ohio State commitment) Marcus Williamson, (LSU commit) Grant Delpit and the best players in the country,” he said. “I’m making myself better. It’s a great fit for me and it’s great going against the top guys every day. There are no off days here.”
Ohio State has offered Hightower – the country’s fourth-ranked 2018 wide receiver – and he says that right now he’s just getting familiar with them. He holds 32 total offers, including scholarships from Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Michigan. For the Buckeyes, it’s Luke Fickell, who recruits IMG, handling his recruitment.
“Marcus and Isaiah talk to me every day about going to Ohio State,” Hightower said. “I also talk to (Luke) Fickell every week and have started to talk a bit to Urban Meyer. The relationship is no better or worse than any of the other schools I’m talking to, but it’s just getting started. I like Fickell, he’s down here a bit and he seems really like a guy that cares about his players.”
Hightower may not know much about the personalities at Ohio State yet, but he does know the the history and what the Buckeyes offer means.
“I’ve always been a fan of Ohio State, their history and all that,” he said. “You see how many players and receivers they put in the NFL and all that. I’m definitely interested in visiting and I’d like to get a chance to figure out a time to do that.”
Clemson, Texas A&M, USC, UCLA and Alabama are also high on the 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver’s list. To start breaking down his list, he wants to get to know the people at each university better.
“I’m really looking at the environment, the coaches and the campus,” he said. “I’m looking for someplace that’s welcoming and that I feel like I’m at home.”