Former Alabama All-American linebacker Dont’a Hightower almost chose Vanderbilt for his college career, but Nick Saban swayed him to the Tide. As part of Bama’s legendary 2008 recruiting class, Dont’a was one of only two true freshmen to be a regular starter for Saban that year. His teammates promptly nicknamed him “Zeus” because he was “the most powerful man … on and off the field." The other starting freshman in 2008? Julio Jones.
Now preparing for the NFL draft at Athlete's Performance, Hightower talks about how pleased he is with his accomplishments at Alabama and gives details about his training regimen in a video interview with Fox Sports Next's Annabel Stephan.
Dont’a says his most meaningful moments at Alabama were winning his second National Championship in three years and his fourth quarter sack and forced fumble of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. A couple of plays before Hightower forced the Jefferson fumble, Trent Richardson asked him to just get the ball back and he would finish the game for the team. Dont’a obliged, the Bama offense took the field, and Richardson added his last ever Tide touchdown as promised to seal the victory.
Hightower is projected to go in the first round of the Draft.
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