Miami Hurricanes great Alonzo Highsmith to leave NFL for UM

Former UM great Alonzo Highsmith had spoken with Miami about the vacant athletic director’s job.

Previous UM good Alonzo Highsmith had spoken with Miami about the vacant athletic director’s career.

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A different previous Miami Hurricane is coming household.

The Miami Hurricanes are naming legendary UM fullback, 1987 to start with-spherical NFL Draft decide and longtime NFL scouting executive Alonzo Highsmith the recently created Standard Manager of Football Operations, a resource advised the Miami Herald.

A properly highly regarded expertise evaluator, Highsmith, 57, will operate along with Miami native and coach Mario Cristobal and new athletic director Dan Radakovich in a scouting-intense capacity, overseeing all recruiting functions and making a division intent on acquiring prime expertise. He will be in Miami prepared to get started his new career on Monday.

The Sun-Sentinel documented the Highsmith information 1st.

Highsmith has most just lately served as senior government advisor to Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider. He aided direct the Hurricanes to their very first national title in 1983 underneath Howard Schnellenberger. 4 many years later on, the College of Miami has faith he can do the very same — but this time in a distinctive capacity.

Highsmith signed a multiyear agreement, the supply instructed the Herald.

The hope is that Highsmith, who served as vice president of staff in 2018 and ‘19 for the Cleveland Browns, as perfectly as 19 seasons with the Eco-friendly Bay Packers staff section, will assist Cristobal and his very regarded football personnel carry on to revive the luster of the 5-time nationwide winner soccer software that has sunken to mediocrity because its final title in 2001.

Highsmith was previously a prospect for the Ad task that went to Radakovich. He was almost hired in a substantial-amount UM football administrator/general manager variety job following former soccer coach Manny Diaz’s initial period in 2019. But in the close, as Highsmith formerly indicated, it was the Miami Board of Trustees members who desired him more than the former staff, as Diaz very likely did not want a person wanting about his shoulder on working day-to-day problems.

Highsmith, who met his wife Denise at UM and has a few sons and two daughters, understands the South Florida group intimately and has been immersed in Miami soccer given that his participating in times from 1983 to 1986. He was drafted as the third in general decide on by the Houston Oilers in 1987, and experienced a 6-year NFL occupation with the Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Highly regarded by fellow previous players and present NFL personnel for his analysis of expertise and general soccer expertise, Highsmith has been involved with the UM program as an alum and is definitely viewed as a UM football insider.

At UM, in which Highsmith is in the Sports activities Hall of Fame, he finished his profession with 1,914 yards. He also had 2,935 all-reason yards, at the time the fifth most for a Hurricane, and scored 25 touchdowns. His 4 touchdowns in opposition to Notre Dame in 1984 is still tied with four others for 3rd finest for a one sport.

Highsmith is a graduate of Miami Columbus Higher, wherever he was an All-American defensive conclusion right before becoming converted to a fullback for the Canes — and exactly where Cristobal also performed and went to higher university. The Columbus relationship includes new Miami offensive line mentor Alex Mirabal and key UM donors that include brothers Jose and Jorge Mas, homeowners of Mas Tec, a $6.6 billion infrastructure contractor.

Highsmith’s son, A.J., played at UM as a basic safety and quarterback from 2009 through 2013, and is now a college scout with the Buffalo Costs.

This story was at first revealed May perhaps 25, 2022 12:00 AM.

Miami Herald sporting activities author Susan Miller Degnan has been the Miami Hurricanes soccer conquer author due to the fact 2000, the year in advance of the Canes gained it all. She has received quite a few APSE nationwide crafting awards and has protected every thing from Canes baseball to the College or university Football Playoff to big marathons to the Olympics.