Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Riverview's Higdon Running on Right Path

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Riverview's Higdon Running on Right Path

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PREP FOOTBALL: An excellent student and the Rams' top player, running back has bright future

SARASOTA

Long before Karan Higdon knew how to run with a football, the Riverview High senior learned to run away from trouble.

"I was growing up around a lot of kids that weren't doing the right thing," said Higdon, who has a 4.0 grade point average. "I always hung out with older guys. As a kid, you're seeing all these different things that you shouldn't be seeing until you get older.

"My mom, she moved us (to North Port). She was like, 'We're gone.' We moved away from downtown Sarasota to North Port and I've been there ever since. She wanted a better life for me and a better situation for our family."

Higdon finished elementary school and middle school in North Port before enrolling at Riverview because he wanted to enter the school's International Baccalaureate program. He left behind his friends in North Port, like Bobcats senior Teddy Deas, with whom he played Pop Warner football for the national semifinalist North Port Mustangs.

"I just had a bigger vision," Higdon said. "I had to do the best thing for me ... come here, get in the IB program. I like to do big things that benefit myself. Riverview has the best education in the county.

"Sometimes you've got to get out of your comfort zone to do good for yourself. If I never came here, I'd probably never have the offers I have now. No way."

Higdon, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back who is verbally committed to the University of South Florida, plans to make official visits to Iowa, Arkansas, Kentucky, USF and a school yet to be determined.

He is going to visit Iowa next month to see the Hawkeyes play rival Iowa State.

"I only get this opportunity once in a lifetime so why not seize the moment?" he said. "I haven't really visited any other schools that I've been really interested in, so it wouldn't be fair for me. It's going to come down to where I feel most comfortable."

Higdon devotes part of his football practice time to making sure his teammates are working as hard as he does and if they aren't, he has the authority from Riverview head coach Todd Johnson, to enforce discipline. …

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