"I committed yesterday afternoon," sad Charlie Higgenbotham. "I called Coach Harbison, and informed him about my decision. He was very excited. Coach Harbison had to leave and go give a speech. I talked to Coach Harbison later, and I also talked to Coach Kines. Coach Kines said he sees me playing weak linebacker."
Higgenbotham will have the opportunity to play for Coach Joe Kines. It is not a secret to those familiar with the coach to know what he brings to the defensive side of the ball. "Coach Kines seems very intense, and I like him a lot. I love all the coaches," Higgenbotham said.
The decision to commit early caught the Higgenbotham family off guard. The decision was expected a little later. Perhaps at summer camp, but after a non-football related trip to Tuscaloosa, the time was now.
"I went down Saturday with one of my brother's friends. I had a great time. I wanted to get a student's perspective. I wanted to commit early, so I could focus on my senior season," he said
Higgenbotham knows what he wants the Spartans to accomplish this season, and said, "To win the state championship. "We play in a tough region with Hoover, Spain Park, and Vestavia."
Team goals come first, and Higgenbotham has set a couple of personal goals for his senior year. "I'd like to equal or make better the number of tackles for the senior season, and a few more interceptions," he said.
With 169 tackles during his junior year, it is not a surprise when asked about his strengths on the field. He said, "I've always been told I have a nose for the ball. I'm not the biggest or the strongest, but I can make plenty of tackles."
Getting faster and stronger is exactly what Higgenbotham has on his schedule. He said, "I'm consistently running in the 4.6 range, and I'm working on my strength and speed right now."
Higgenbotham plays for a well-respected head coach, and in a great football program. He was not shy about his feelings towards the Mountain Brook program. "I love it. Everyone supports you. Everyone comes to the games, and it's a great atmosphere. Coach (Joey) Jones has brought tradition of winning to the Mountain Brook program. He is a great coach," he said.
Currently, Higgenbotham is 6-0, 210. He would like to hit the scales at 215 before the fall.