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#V4MSU: Three-star linebacker Devin Hightower commits to Michigan State

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The Michigan State Spartans’ hot recruiting month of June continues tonight. Three-star outside linebacker Devin Hightower has committed to MSU.

Hailing from Akron, Ohio, by way of Archbishop Hoban High School, Hightower is listed at 6-feet-two-inches tall and 205 pounds.

Hightower took his official visit to campus this weekend. He is the third verbal commitment of the day for the Spartans, following announcements from three-star cornerback Angelo Grose and three-star defensive end Chris Mayfield. All three players are from Ohio.

Hightower can be considered the first true outside linebacker in MSU’s 2020 class, but that also depends upon whether or not three-star prospect Jeff Pietrowski projects strictly as as a defensive end for the Spartans — which seems like it may be the case. As of press time, Cal Haladay — a fellow three-star recruit — is MSU’s lone inside linebacker of the group.

There were many offers for Hightower. Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Navy, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Toledo and several others offered the young linebacker.

The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 47 outside linebacker in the U.S., as well as the No. 20 player in Ohio and No. 707 overall. His Composite score of .8638 currently grades him as the fourth highest player in the Spartans’ 2020 group thus far.

Rivals also has favorable rankings for Hightower. Rivals sees him as a three-star prospect as well, but he’s listed even higher on its positional rankings (No. 40), and has an almost identical state ranking (No. 21).

According to his Hudl account, Hightower has also played defensive back for his high school, as well as varsity basketball. Hightower helped lead the Knights to a 15-0 season, and Division II title in 2018. This was the third straight state championship for Archbishop Hoban.

The ‘20 class, which currently ranks No. 43 overall, now stands at 11 players total.

Check out Hightower’s junior highlights below: