Hall Of Canes


Two weeks after wrapping up the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, the Canes' football program has its first commitment for 2009.

He's Texas quarterback/safety A.J. Highsmith, a 6-1, 180-pounder. He is the son of former Canes fullback Alonzo Highsmith, who went on to become a first-round pick in the NFL before injuries ended his career.

A.J. plays quarterback and that is where he is being recruited. But father and son are open to A.J. being switched to safety if that is where the Canes think he will excel.

A.J. had an offer from Boston College before he accepted Miami's bid.

In the 2008 recruiting class, Miami went 1-1 in signing the sons of former Canes. They lost star offensive lineman Matt Patchan to the Gators but grabbed safety Joe Wylie.