Ex-Boise State starting safety will transfer to Houston

Ex-Boise State starting safety will transfer to Houston

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne day after Houston lost starting running back Charles Sims, the Cougars have gained a key transfer on the other side of the ball.

hightowerLee Hightower, a rising junior safety who started 11 of the 15 games he played at Boise State, is transferring to Houston.

Hightower started the first seven games last season before he was suspended from the team for the rest of the season. In February, he was suspended from school.

Following a visit this weekend, Hightower posted his intentions on his Tumblr page adding the following message:

Was in Houston this past weekend for my official visit. Really dope city and school and I’ll be here for the next 3 years. This lunch spot Del Friscos had these philly cheesesteak egg rolls that were amazing too

Hightower will have to sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Since he hasn’t used his redshirt, he will have two seasons to play two starting in 2014.

The Inglewood, Calif. native signed with Boise State in 2011. He played in played in eight games as a true freshman with four starts, and totaled totaled 25 tackles and an interception.

In seven games last season, Hightower made 28 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception.

He is the second Boise State transfer to land at a Texas program week.

Freshman All-American defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, dismissed from the team earlier this month, announced on Tuesday that he will transfer to Baylor.

Photo credit: Adam Eschbach / Idaho Press-Tribune

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