Hights A Can't Miss Prospect

Hights is a standout in football and track

Yoakum, Texas athlete Tre'Vontae Hights is ready to put his town on the recruiting map.

With just over 5,000 residents, Yoakum, TX isn't considered a recruiting hotbed to major programs. In fact, it's hard to name the last time a Bulldog earned a D-1 offer.

That could all change for the 2015 class as they boast one of the top sleepers in the Lone Star state.

Looking to change the recruiting landscape in the tiny southeast Texas town is do-everything athlete Tre'vontae Hights.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder led the Bulldogs to the Class 3A playoffs in 2013 despite being one of the smallest 3A schools in the state. While lining up at quarterback, running back and receiver, Hights racked up 2,514 yards of offense and accounted for 27 touchdowns. Defensively, he racked up 63 tackles and led the team with 3 interceptions. He also averaged nearly 25 yards per kickoff return.

After his impressive season, Hights hauled in District 26-3A Offensive MVP, District First-Team Defense and Honorable-Mention All-State honors at safety.

By the way, he's also a standout on the track too. As a sophomore, Hights made it to the state meet in four events; triple jump, high jump, long jump and 4x200 relay. He won the gold medal in the triple jump with a jump of 48'-05". He also high jumped 6'-6" and has a personal best of 21.6 in the 200.

Combine his size with his athleticism and it's easy to see why Hights definitely has the makings of a D-1 recruit. He'd be the first in a long time for the Bulldogs.

"It's not common, but one of my coaches who got recruited heavily in high school is helping me out," he said.

Hights suffered a broken ankle in the Bulldogs first round playoff game against Wharton last season so that could be a reason teams haven't pursued the playmaker more heavily. He's close to full recovery now, even competing on Yoakum's 4x100 relay team. A few colleges have recently started to reach out.

"I'm hearing a little bit from Baylor, Texas State and UTSA," he said. "TCU sent me a letter the other day and Princeton and North Texas did too. My coach has also been talking back and forth with Texas and SMU too."

With the ability to play virtually anywhere on offense and a standout on defense, Hights isn't being told where teams like him just yet. If it's up to him, he'll play anywhere.

"They haven't really told me where they're recruiting me, I've just always told them I play everything," he said. "I have the ability to make a play and I have good vision. I'd like to play some kind of offensive position but I wouldn't mind defense either."

The recruiting process is relatively new to Hights with just over a handful of schools showing interest. Therefore, he hasn't spent much time reviewing each program, but he has some knowledge on a few including TCU.

"I know it's a Christian school and I'm real big on religion so that would be a good fit for me I think," Hights said of TCU. "It's the same with Baylor and they're also talking about letting me do track and field. UTSA and Texas State are real close to home so that would be real good."

Hights is hoping to hear from a view more schools, especially the two programs he idolized as a kid.

"I really liked Texas A&M growing up and I was a big fan of LSU," he said. "The Aggies and LSU were my two favorites growing up."

What is he looking for in a program?

"I'd say academics and location are big," Hights said. "I'm also looking at playing time; I don't really want to sit the bench."

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