Rashard Higgins a hidden gem at WR

If Rashard Higgins (Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite) continues to play the way he’s been, he might end up as one of the biggest steals out of the Lone Star State.

A 6-foot-2, 168-pound receiver, Higgins has 58 catches for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns through nine games, all victories, for Mesquite. In last Friday’s 51-9 win over Tyler (Texas) Lee, Higgins caught four passes for 73 yards and three touchdowns.

With his offensive production, however, Higgins only has one offer, from FCS McNeese State. Louisiana-Monroe is the only FBS school currently showing legitimate interest.

When asked about the speed -- or lack thereof -- of his recruiting process, Higgins responded with four words: “I have no idea.”

“My coach tells me to just wait until everybody’s seasons are over, and [the offers] should be flowing in,” Higgins said. “I feel like it’s just a long process, but I’m patiently waiting for my time. I know it will come.”

Higgins is a sure-handed receiver with 4.62 speed in the 40-yard dash. When he’s not on the football field, he’s a guard for Mesquite’s basketball team. In both sports, Higgins has built noticeable camaraderie with Alex Cooper, the football team’s quarterback and basketball team’s combo guard. Cooper has thrown for 2,631 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.

While Higgins awaits new offers, he said he will continue being a catalyst for one of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s most productive offenses. Mesquite is looking to make its mark in the Texas Class 5A playoffs, which begin in two weeks.

And in that span, what does Higgins want to display?

“The drive to never give up,” he said, “and to practice to be the best in the game.”