DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) four-star safety Kiy Hester was quick to pull the trigger after naming…
Comfort Level, Big Ten Led Hester to Rutgers
DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.) four-star safety Kiy Hester named Rutgers his leader a few weeks ago, and a few days ago he hinted a decision was close. On Friday afternoon, he ended his recruitment by becoming the 19th member of Rutgers' 2014 recruiting class. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Hester will enter Rutgers as a safety, and is projected as a strong safety. "I think it was a couple of things that really pushed Rutgers to the front for him," DePaul assistant coach Bryan Murray said. "First and foremost, he's had a relationship with (coach) Kyle Flood and Rutgers since he was a freshman. They were one of the first school to know about him and were in on him early, so the relationship has been long-standing." The additions of defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, secondary coach Darrell Wilson and tight ends coach Anthony Campanile, who recruits, DePaul, helped strength Hester's bond with Rutgers. "When Dave Cohen came on board, I think he was very instrumental in Kiy's decision," Murray said "He's coaching for the right reasons. He's interested in the whole development of a kid, not just as a football player. They built a strong relationship and built a good bond. Kiy really trusts him. "Factor in Anthony Campanile and Dave Cohen and it's like a second home. He's been down there more times than I can remember." Hester's latest visit came Saturday when he participated in the Rutgers passing camp, and at the time he said he was on the cusp of a decision. His teammate, defensive end/outside linebacker Justin Nelson, was the first member of Rutgers' 2014 class and pushed hard as well. "He's very comfortable, and the move to the Big Ten and the scheduling their playing, I think that was a big factor," Murray said. "Overall, Rutgers has that family theme and family mantra and I think that resonated with kiy. I think Justin Nelson was leaning on him a little bit. Justin is relentless." Hester spent part of his junior season at DePaul but transferred to St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High in midseason. However, he recently transferred back to DePaul and will play at safety as a senior. "You look at his size, I don't think he's tapped out on it, he's 6-2, 212 pounds, and could wind up being 6-2 220" Murray said. "He's big, powerful, he's a very sure tackler. At the same time, he can open his hips and he can run with just about anybody. He brings speed and agility. I think he brings everything you're looking for in a safety." "I think (Rutgers) will probably play him in the box (at strong safety) but he can do both. He's a physical guy by nature. His physical play has already stood out. He has nose for the ball."
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