Zach Hester has picked up his first scholarship offer today. The Boyle County linebacker plans to…
Hester's recruitment picking up steam
Last season the talk of Boyle County was linebacker Lamar Dawson. However another linebacker had a great year for Boyle County as well, Zach Hester. In 12 games last season, linebacker Zach Hester had 129 tackles, good for third on his team in total tackles and second in tackles per game. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder battled injuries on the way to helping Boyle County win another 4A state championship. "I felt pretty good about the way I played," said Hester. "We had a solid linebacking core. Before I hurt my hamstring, I was leading tackler. We competed well as a team," Hester continued. Hester's ability to get to the ball and make a play on the ball carrier is what makes him such a solid linebacker. "I feel that my strength is finding the ball. I have a nose for the ball and I'm able to find it on the field. I don't consider myself very gifted with speed or strength. I try to shed blocks, find the ball and make the play," he said. Like most Boyle County prospects, Hester isn't a finished product and he's working hard to get better each opportunity he gets. "I want to improve my ability to play in space and my tackling out in space. I want to really nail that. I also want to improve at taking on blockers and shedding them. With added strength, I'm hoping to be able to shine at that this coming season," Hester said. Hester is spending time working out in weight lifting class as well as on his own time with his father. He's working on his footwork, agility and also running forties. He's also working on proper angles and running techniques. Hester's natural ability along with his work ethic has been enough to catch the eyes of a handful of programs and he's also had a chance to visit a few programs as well. "I've been on Junior Day visits to Miami of Ohio, Kentucky and Western Kentucky," he said. "I went to a spring game at Kentucky and Tennessee. Arkansas visited me at the high school, but I wasn't able to talk to Coach (John L.) Smith because I was taking an AP test. But I've talked to him on the phone and I've also spoken with Navy." Hester plans to go to some camps this spring and summer. Kentucky will be one of the visits, but he is considering Navy, Arkansas and Miami as well.
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