Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Florida RB excels as a student-athlete
Running back Karan Higdon is the true definition of student-athlete and it shows on the field and off the field.
“Not just to be the best on the field, but also in the classroom,” said Higdon, who has a 4.0 grade point average. “I’m the type person that wants to be the best in everything I do and the classroom became a part of that.”
Higdon, 5-9, 190, 4.46 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Sarasota, (Fla.) Riverview is committed to South Florida but is planning to visit Arkansas and some other schools. Video highlights CLICK HERE
He rushed 108 times for 967 yards and 15 touchdowns despite sitting out two games because of a sprained ankle and missing another because of cancellation.
Higdon participates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, an intense curriculum for high school juniors and seniors.
“It’s a very rigorous program that prepares you for college,” Higdon said. “You start taking college classes as a freshman all the way to your senior year and if you complete the course you start college as a sophomore.”
Higdon plans to study premed in college thanks to a local doctor whom he consulted with while dealing with some injuries.
“I saw different orthopedic surgeons,” Higdon said. “One orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Morgan got me interested in the orthopedic program. Then I thought about something else in that same area, but isn’t as much school and I came up with a occupational therapy.”
Much of his interest in the Razorbacks comes from talking to running backs coach Joel Thomas.
“He seems like a really cool dude, haven’t been able to meet me him face-to-face, but but he seems like a really cool guy,” Higdon said.
Higdon’s goal is playing in the NFL and he knows Arkansas has sent several running backs to the next level.
“I know they’re a run base type program,” Higdon said. “I know they’re really good at getting running backs into the league, so I know they’re about business.”