By USA TODAY High School Sports | September 14, 2016 3:42 pm
Tee Higgins, a wide receiver for Oak Ridge (Tenn.), seems to add highlight plays every week.
Start with his two touchdowns in the season opener that included a 51-yard score on the team’s first offensive play from scrimmage. He broke the school’s career record for receiving yards in that game, and it was just the first game of the year.
In a victory against Anderson County last Friday, he hauled in 12 passes for 135 yards and caught touchdown passes of 31, 10 and 21 yards from quarterback Johnny Stewart. Among them was a one-handed highlight reel play that was among the best in the nation.
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Higgins will be taking his receiving magic to Clemson next year, but he will complete his high school career at the Under Armour All-America Game. Higgins received his honorary jersey Wednesday as the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to Oak Ridge.
“I knew (he would be great) from the first day of practice his freshman year because he had all the tools of a potentially great wide receiver,” coach Joe Gaddis said. “He can run, he can jump, he can catch the ball, he has great hands, run great routes. I knew from Day 1.”
Before Higgins heads to Clemson, his team is currently 4-0, looking to go further than a second-round loss last season in Division I 5A and hoping to make more memories.
“I’m going to miss my teammates,” he said. “When I’m down in practice, they’ll pick me. They’re just great guys.”
Higgins is ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver in the Class of 2017 and the No. 17 player overall by ESPN, and some say his game is similar to a successful NFL receiver who also played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
“A lot of people say I model my game after A.J. Green,” Higgins said. “He’s somebody I like to watch.”
For Gaddis, Higgins’ next step will involve the physical development that happens off the field.
“I think the one thing he hasn’t been able to do in high school because he goes straight from football to basketball to football again is he has missed the opportunity to get in the weight room,” he said. “Once he gets into the weight room in college, he’ll be a 220-pound machine and even greater than he is now. I’m looking forward to that transformation.”
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