Chaparral’s Kamdan Hightower has been a ball-hawking Firebird (Firehawk?) for the past few years. He has notched 76 tackles, three interceptions and 12 passes defended over two years at the varsity level.
The 6-1, 165 defensive back has stepped up as a senior leader for the Firebirds and is not only getting it done on the field but in the classroom as well, sporting a 4.1 weighted GPA, and he’s proud to say he’s never received a “B” in high school. He hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy, a path his older sister is already pursuing, when he hangs up the cleats.
On the recruiting front, Hightower holds four offers: Army, Abilene Christian, NAU and South Dakota State. He picked up the last three offers during Arizona’s showcase week.
He also just visited Montana and has a few other trips in the works for the summer.
— Kamdan Hightower (@HightowerKamdan) June 14, 2019
College coaches like the versatility that Hightower can bring to the field.
“Army likes me as a corner, NAU likes me as a safety. Both ways, I can do it. I’m down for both. Getting up speed, getting a little stronger will help so whatever I’ll do, I’ll do it.”
Defensive backs need to have the skills, the speed and the size, but also the in many cases the swagger to go up against many of the top receivers in the state. Hightower tries to emulate one of the best in that area when he takes the field.
“I try to play a little bit like Jalen Ramsey,” Hightower said. “I love the demeanor he has and the way he carries himself and confidence, I think that’s key in a (defensive back). His swagger, you got to love that, so going out there, having fun, making plays, talking a little bit. I love it.”