"That's something special," said Hester, who has a verbal offer from Rutgers. "I'm standing on the field that Rutgers plays on and won a state championship and maybe I'll be more comfortable if I decide to come play here."
Hester is already up to double-digit verbal offers, including Arkansas, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia. His season now over, the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder plans to turn his attention to recruiting.
"I'm going to be doing all of it now that the season is over," Hester said. "I'm getting right back in the weight room. I need to get bigger and stronger. I'm going to do some camps, some unofficial visits, stuff like that."
Hester has been to Rutgers multiple times and also unofficially visited Michigan State. Though he has no leaders, those are the two programs with which he is most familiar.
"I loved Michigan State," he said. "It was great. It was a great atmosphere and the coaches felt like a family. They didn't try to hide anything. They were just honest with me and I loved the style of coaching. I can't wait to go back."
Hester transferred from DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) to St. Joe's in the middle of the season. Before the transfer, he played with Davon Jacobs, now a true freshman at Rutgers.
"He was telling me to expect a tough transition from high school if I come [to Rutgers]," Hester said. "The expectations are so much higher. I love that they're going to the Big Ten. I think they're going to recruit better. It's a great move for them.
"It's a great atmosphere. Everything there is so up tempo. I love the coaches. I have a good relationship with a lot of the coaches there."
Hester added me may visit Rutgers as soon as this weekend, when many prospects will be on campus for bowl practice.