Parker Higgins is the latest member of the athletic Higgins family to join the UH athletics. Higgins, a 2016 Kaiser High graduate, is a linebacker transferring from Arizona State. Here’s the skinny:
> Family ties: Higgins follows his father (Jim Higgins), brother (quarterback Jeremy Higgins) and sister (volleyball setter Tayler Higgins) on the Manoa path. Jeremy Higgins, a Saint Louis School graduate, played at Utah State before transferring to UH in 2011.
> Versatility: Higgins is most comfortable as an inside linebacker, but he did practice at outside linebacker as a third-year sophomore this past season. The flexibility will be useful in the Warriors’ 4-2-5 base.
> Familiarity: Higgins acknowledged growing up root-root-rooting for the home team. He used to tag along and attend some UH football practices in 2011. That’s where he first met Nick Rolovich, who was offensive coordinator at the time.
> ‘Net gain: Last year, the NCAA implemented a rule that created a transfer portal. Think of it as Tinder for athletics. A person interested in transferring submits his information into the portal, which is shared with member schools. Higgins entered his name, and after a securing an ASU release, contacted the UH coaches. He’s now enrolled at UH this semester.