Big Defensive Back Getting Attention

A big defensive back prospect from South Alabama talks recruiting and what it's like to play against one of the country's best every day in practice.

Foley, Ala.--Julio Jones isn't the only prospect coming out of Foley for 2008 as another Lion has joined the ranks of the recruited after a strong junior season at defensive back. Big and athletic, Robert Lester is a player that has both the size and speed to excel on the next level and schools are beginning to take notice.

"I'm hearing from Auburn, LSU and Alabama," Lester says. "I don't have any offers yet but those are the three schools I like. I didn't really grow up a fan of any school but I plan on going to camps at LSU and Auburn this summer. I'm going to Junior Day Saturday at Alabama and then to Auburn's Junior Day the next week."

Robert Lester is a big defensive back that could play cornerback, safety and even possibly linebacker on the next level.

At 6-2 and 205 pounds with speed in the 4.5 range, Lester uses that combination to his advantage playing cornerback and a little safety for Foley. A two-year starter for the Lions, Lester made 59 tackles and had four interceptions. He also added nine passes defended and also returned both punts and kickoffs for Foley.

Lester gets to hone his skills every day in practice against his teammate and close friend Jones. One of the top wide receiver prospects in the country for next season, Jones is a dominating force at receiver and Lester says that helps his game to play against him one-on-one.

"It helps a lot," Lester says. "When me and Julio were in middle school we were both on offense and big threats. When we got to high school the coaches saw defense in me and put me on defense. They thought that would be good for me and Julio to work on defense. We always push each other to get better."

Also a standout on the basketball court, Lester helped Foley to a second-place finish in the region behind Daphne after averaging just over 10 points per game. As a sophomore he led the team in scoring at just over 18 points per contest.

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