With his family by his side, Hightower said, "I have made my decision today to attend the University of Alabama. I like everything about Alabama, but the two things that caught my attention is the great tradition at Alabama and head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele."
"When I attended the Alabama-LSU game I wanted to commit that day, but I waited and went to the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game and on the way home from there is when I decided to enroll at the University of Alabama."
Hightower's grandfather John smiled when asked about his grandson's decision and said, "Everywhere I would go, everybody would ask, where he is going, where he is going, and now everybody knows it is Alabama."
Hightower was recruited by Tennessee, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech with interest also from Miami, Marshall, Ohio State, and Louisville.
"I had quite a lot of attention and phone calls, but never as much as Alabama or Vanderbilt," Hightower added.
The verbal commitment is non-binding and 2008 football recruits cannot officially sign until national signing day on February 6, 2008.