As reported in my column today in the Bradenton Herald, Southeast High grad Aaron Higdon appears to be Manatee County’s best chance of landing a free agent NFL contract after this week’s draft is completed.
The 5-8, 190 pound sparkplug played at NCAA Division II University of Charleston (W.Va) last fall. But don’t let the level of competition fool you, the 22 year-old put up some impressive numbers and showed he is a legitimate breakaway threat.
What he accomplished reminds us of what Rod Harper, another Southeast grad, did in the Arena Football League before signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints prior to last season. His skill as a returner locked his deal up with the Super Bowl champs.
Higdon led the nation (Division I and Division II) with a whopping 9.9 yards per carry picking up 659 yards on 66 attempts. He also ranked 25th nationally in Division II in All Purpose yards with 1,447.
Higdon recently had a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is represented by Bogo Sports Management in Tampa, which is also representing Delbart Alvarado, a punter/kicker who finished his career last season with the University of South Florida.
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