MIDDLETOWN >> Former Middletown High football star Dario Highsmith will attend and play football at Wesleyan University in the fall. Highsmith announced that on his Twitter feed Tuesday and that was confirmed by his father, Dario Highsmith Sr., in a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon.
“We are very happy,” said the elder Highsmith. “There were several other schools, but it came down to where Dario felt he could get the best education. That’s what he wanted and that’s what we wanted.”
In his senior year he was named the Hartford Courant’s Offensive Player of the Year after leading Middletown to another semifinal appearance, this time losing to Notre Dame 13-10.
Highsmith, who was also named to the New Haven Register/GameTimeCT All-State team both seasons, was selected as the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance Male High School Athlete of the Year at its Gold Key Dinner last April.
“I am very happy for Dario,” Middletown High School football coach Sal Morello said. “He will get a first-rate education, which is the most important thing, and play a very competitive brand of football in his hometown for the next four years.”
Highsmith played — and starred — at West Point Prep this past season. He had the option of staying at West Point and playing for Army, but always had the option to go somewhere else.
The elder Highsmtih confirmed that there were several other offers from Division I, II and III schools, but he declined to go on the record, saying that his son did not want to get into that in public.
Highsmith will join MHS alum Devon Carrillo, Mark Picirillo of Shelton — the New Haven Register’s All-Area Player of the Year for 2014 — and Xavier alum Kris Luster at Wesleyan.
“Dario very much likes the idea of playing at Wesleyan in his hometown,” said the elder Highsmith. “Now he will get that chance. What he finally said to me is he wanted to go where he would get the best education and that was Wesleyan.”