Minnesota hires Hightower to coach wideouts

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Houston Texans assistant Richard Hightower has been named wide receivers coach at Minnesota, the team announced today.

Hightower replaces George McDonald, who left last week for a quality control position with the Cleveland Browns. He spent the past four seasons with the Texans, working primarily with special teams and defensive backs.

"He's a young man who I've known quite some time, going back to when he played at Texas," Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said in a statement. "Richard has developed into an outstanding football coach. His experience as an assistant coach with the Houston Texans will be invaluable to him as he joins our staff. Richard is going to help our wide receivers be the best they can be."

Hightower played wide receiver and defensive back at Texas from 1999-2002. Brewster served as a Longhorns assistant from 1998-2001.

McDonald had been one of Minnesota's top recruiters, luring top talent from south Florida. Hightower gives the Gophers another presence in the Houston area, which Brewster has recruited for years.