Alonzo Highsmith leaving Seattle Seahawks for University of Miami football role, source says

Seattle Seahawks scouting executive Alonzo Highsmith has accepted a position at his alma mater, the University of Miami, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

Highsmith will be the Hurricanes’ general manager of football operations, as was first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The Miami native returns to the program he starred for as a fullback from 1983 to 1986. A member of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame, Highsmith finished his college career with 2,935 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns, one coming in the 1984 The Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska that earned Miami the 1983 national championship.

He was drafted third overall by the Houston Oilers in 1987 and also played for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a six-year NFL career.

Highsmith, 57, spent the past two years in the Seahawks’ front office, now recently holding the title of senior executive advisor to the general manager. He was the Cleveland Browns ‘vice president of player personnel from 2018 to 2019 and previously spent 19 seasons in the Green Bay Packers’ scouting department, where he worked closely with current Seahawks GM John Schneider.

Highsmith becomes the latest high-ranking scout to leave Seattle’s front office in recent seasons. The others are Carolina Panthers GM Scott Fitterer, Panthers assistant GM Dan Morgan (who initially left for the Buffalo Bills) and Indianapolis Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds.