Rutgers landed a commitment from four-star safety Kiy Hester of DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) on…
Scout 300 Safety Hester Details Decision
It wasn't the moment that clinched it for DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.) four-star safety Kiy Hester, but playing the semifinals of the Rutgers Passing Camp inside High Point Solutions gave him the goose-bump feeling. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Hester said he stopped for a moment and looked around, and knew he wanted to be part of it. So, Friday, after a conversation with his family, he called Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and committed. "Being on the field, I felt, ‘Man, I could see this for next few years,' " Hester said. "My class coming in, being the first class in the Big Ten, and winning a Big Ten title and a national championship, I can see that. I can see myself winning all that here and taking over the Big Ten. "To run around on there, see how it is playing on the field, it feels great." Although Hester dabbled with visits to other schools and recently trimmed his finalists to seven, he said he viewed Rutgers as his likely destination since his teammate and close friend, Justin Nelson, committed Feb. 27. Hester is also close with Rutgers linebacker Davon Jacobs, who played at DePaul. "I knew I wanted to go to Rutgers a little after Justin Nelson committed," Hester said. "We have been close since sophomore year. I was the first person he called to let me know he committed. They offered me freshman year and offered Davon Jacobs, and he is there and he always tells me how great it is, and I've been playing with him since we were kids." Hester nearly committed a few weeks ago, but he decided to wait on the advice of his mom. "She wanted me to hold off and make sure I was sure about the decision," Hester said. "She said, ‘You can commit, just make sure you take your visits and it's the right decision.' She wanted to make sure and didn't want me to de-commit." The Scarlet Knights recruited Hester to play safety, but he could begin his career at cornerback and shift to safety if that does not work out. "I'm going to go down there and I'll play whatever gets me on the field," Hester said. "I could play free or strong (safety), or even corner. I'm going to work on stuff now and get ready for my senior season." Hester said there was an accumulation of factors that led to his commitment, and it wasn't based solely on football. "It's the relationship I have with the coaches, and being close to home and the amount of players there that I know," Hester said. "(Being comfortable) definitely played a lot in the process because I can be myself. Most of team is from New Jersey, so that is a great connection, and I know other people going there and not playing football (or sports), and I know people going there that play other sports." Next up for Hester, other than a small celebration he may have this weekend, is helping DePaul to a state title. Hester began his junior season at DePaul but he transferred to St. Joseph's-Montvale (N.J.) High early during the season. He recently transferred back to DePaul when his mom moved. "It feels good to have this done," Hester said. "It feels like a load is off my shoulders. I can get on with the season and win a state championship. …this is like my family and has been since my freshman year."
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