Yale courting Middletown’s Highsmith

Middletown QB Dario Highsmith (6) attempts to avoid the New London defense on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Canamella Field in New London. Middletown would go on to lose their first game of the season, 23-21, on a final-play field goal by New London. Photo Mike Connors / For the Middletown Press

Middletown QB Dario Highsmith (6) attempts to avoid the New London defense on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Canamella Field in New London. Middletown would go on to lose their first game of the season, 23-21, on a final-play field goal by New London. Photo Mike Connors / For the Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> Yale University has made an official offer of admission to Middletown High football star Dario Highsmith Jr.

Highsmith’s father, Dario Sr., and MHS football coach Sal Morello confirmed that over the weekend. Dario Jr. spoke with head football coach Tony Reno during which time Reno made the official offer, said his dad

“Coach Reno made a formal offer to Dario, but he did not commit,” said his dad. “He is keeping his options open, but he is very seriously considering Yale’s offer.”

Morello said that Yale would very much like Highsmith, who will be a senior at MHS next season, to be a running back for the Bulldogs.

“The first contact to me was through Larry Ciotti [former Hand High coach] who is their running backs coach and head recruiter for this area,” said Morello. “Ciotti told me then that Dario would have the support of the coaching staff for admission. I know Dario really likes Yale.”

Highsmith, who takes advanced level college-prep and advanced placement courses at MHS, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut for his spectacular junior season in which he rushed for nearly 2,700 yards and passed for 900-plus more in leading Middletown to an 11-2 record and a semifinal finish in the Class L postseason.

Boston College is also reportedly interested in Highsmith.

In other MHS news, junior linebacker/running back Isaiah Thompkins made a visit to Harvard University at Harvard’s request, according to Morello. Thompkins is also an advanced level, honor student at the high school.

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