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ORT: Higgins to skip roundball to focus on football

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge senior Tee Higgins, a standout in football and basketball, confirmed on Sunday that he won’t play basketball for the Wildcats this season in order to focus on football.

Higgins is a wide receiver who has committed to Clemson. He had posted on Twitter on Friday that it was his decision to not play basketball this year.

Higgins, who was listed as 6’5″ and 190 pounds earlier this football season, has been one of the most dynamic players for the Wildcats on the basketball court. Higgins was one of three Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalists earlier this year. He had picked up basketball scholarship offers from Tennessee, Louisville, Auburn, and others, according to PrepXtra at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Higgins has been one of the stars on the Oak Ridge football team as well, including on offense, defense (where he has primarily played cornerback), and special teams, where he has been a punt returner.

He won a Mr. Football award in November 2015 as Class 5A Back of the Year. Only one other player from Oak Ridge has won a Mr. Football award; Greg Woofter won the Lineman award in 1998.

Among the finalists for Higgins before he chose the Tigers in football were Ohio State, Florida State, Tennessee, and Ole Miss.

Higgins has been rated one of the top football and wide receiver prospects in the nation, and he has been considered the number one overall player in Tennessee.

Higgins has had 59 catches for 901 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. He’s also returned at least one interception—he had a 90-yard return against Webb a week ago—and at least two punts for touchdowns this season.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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