"I felt like my season was pretty good, but playoffs were disappointing. I was injured in the last playoff game; I broke my tibia and fibula in my left leg," he said.
A few months later, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is still on his way to full recovery, though he was cleared for physical activity a month and a half ago and has been able to participate in both basketball and track.
This weekend, Hights' athleticism will be on display at the Texas Relays, where he will compete in the high jump, as well as the 4x1 and 4x4 relays.
Hights plays quarterback for the Bulldogs, but says he is being recruited at a variety of positions.
"I'm a dual-threat quarterback. I'm really good at running the ball, but if you bring a lot of people in the box, I can also throw it.
"But I have no idea. I really don't know where I'll play in college. I've been told I could be a receiver, a cornerback, or even a safety. Some schools are recruiting me as a quarterback, and a lot of others are looking at me as an athlete," he said.
Hights, who says he improved on his patience in letting plays develop and his footwork last fall, is confident he has what it takes to play big time college ball.
"I love winning. I can make plays; just put the ball in my hand, and I'll make a play," he said.
Interest has been trickling in for Hights over the past few months, and he is enjoying the process.
"It came pretty quick after signing day, I started to get emails and letters. I've been hearing from TCU and I was talking to Baylor during the season. UTSA, Texas State, and North Texas have all been sending me emails and letters," he said.
"I grew up watching LSU and that's always been my favorite team. With both A&M and Texas, I like that they have so much tradition," he said.
Over the next few months, Hights will take to the road to compete against other talent.
"I plan on going to a few camps. My coaches have talked with me about junior days, but I haven't scheduled anyway. I want to go to the Baylor camp in San Antonio, the Texas State one, and maybe the A&M one," he said.