Aim high, Fly-Fight-Win.
That is the motto Claremore’s Jace Hightower will live by the next four years after committing to play football at the Air Force Academy on Wednesday afternoon.
The Falcons offered the 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back on May 2.
According to Claremore coach Jarrett Hurt, it was Hightower’s only official offer as of June 26.
Hightower led the Zebras to the Class 5A quarterfinals last season, rushing for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 carries — 6.08 yards per carry — in 12 games during his junior year.
He also recorded 65 tackles and two sacks as a cornerback.
Hightower is the second Rogers County football player to commit to a Division I school this week, joining Verdigris’ Austin Woods, who pledged his future to Arkansas State on Tuesday morning.
Hightower and the Zebras begin the 2019 season on the road against Bartlesville on Sep. 6.
Air Force competes in the Mountain West Conference.
The Falcons finished last season with a 5-7 record, 3-5 in conference. It marked the second-straight season Air Force missed a bowl game after making appearances in eight of nine postseasons from 2007-2016.
Troy Calhoun, who is heading into his 13th season with the Falcons, has coached Air Force to an 87-67 record during his tenure.
He is 4-5 in bowl games, with the last victory coming in a 45-21 decision against South Alabama in the 2016 Arizona Bowl.
The Falcons’ best seasons under Calhoun came in 2014 and 2016 when the team finished 10-3.
Air Force opens the 2019 season at home against Colgate on Saturday, Aug. 31, before embarking on a two-week road trip to Colorado and Boise State.
Hightower plans to sign his Letter of Intent during the early signing period in December.