Focus 2005

A number of former Florida State football greats showed for the Seminoles' spring game last Saturday. The group, which included Deion Sanders, Sammie Smith, Derrick Brooks and others, talked about reconnecting the program's tradition. Well, recruiting also can accomplish that goal, and <b>Jessie Hester, Jr.</b> certainly has Seminole bloodlines. Click here to read all the details.

Florida State has developed a number of quality receivers over the years, from Ron Sellers to Lawrence Dawsey to Peter Warrick, just to name a few.

Of course, that group also includes a player named Jessie Hester, a four-year letterman (1981-84) who finished his career with 104 receptions to rank among the program's all-time top 10 receivers.

Well, Hester's son -- Jessie Hester, Jr. - is beginning to attract attention as well. The senior (5-foot-11, 163 pounds) from Wellington has received offers from Georgia and Miami but is expecting plenty more.

He's hoping Florida State joins the mix as well.

"I'm getting interest from all the top schools so I'll probably be getting a lot of offers," Hester told The Insiders.

Hester, Jr. favors the Seminoles slightly over Miami, Pittsburgh, North Carolina St and Michigan.

"I grew up watching Florida St because my dad (Jessie Hester, Sr) played receiver there," Hester said. Miami was his first scholarship offer about three weeks ago. The 'Canes are only an hour and a half away.

"It's close to home, but that doesn't matter to me," he said. "I'll go wherever I'm comfortable. I like that every WR that goes there gets drafted in the first round. They just have great coaches." Hester, Jr. may attend summer camps at Florida St and Miami.

"I'll check to see who's coming in at QB and who they have at WR and if I'll be able to play early."

Hester, Jr. missed six games of his junior season with a broken foot but still managed to finish with 11 catches for 350 yards and five scores. Hester, Jr. has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40 and has a 2.5 grade-point average.

"I run good routes and I have great quickness and awareness. I play low and I'm shifty and quick. I'd like to be stronger and more powerful. I'd also like to get faster," he said.

FSU signed three receivers in February -- Greg Carr of Citra North Marion, DeCody Fagg of Quincy and Kenny O'Neal of Oakland, Calif. Fagg, who enrolled in Janaury, counted towards last year's reruiting class.


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