Jesse Hester is a Florida State Seminole legacy and cousin of current Miami Hurricane Devin Hester. With Iowa out of the picture, the 5-11, 165-pound speedster has changed his recruiting priorities.
"I'm pretty wide open right now, but I guess Ohio State first, South Florida second, and Florida third," he said of his three leaders.
With the recruiting season starting to heat up, the Gators have entered the picture for Hester's services as the new staff has already established contact with the Glades Central receiver. A member of Coach Urban Meyer's staff gave him the call recently.
"He's not there --- he's still at Utah --- but Coach [Billy] Gonzalez , is who I've talked to," Hester said. "He seems like a cool guy. I don't know much about him, but he seems like a good guy who told me that he was looking forward to seeing me."
Florida remains in the picture for Hester, but what is it that he likes so much about the Buckeyes? Being comfortable with who he knows seems to be key for Ohio State taking the lead.
"I already know a couple of people up at Ohio State, they are a big school in the Big Ten and their recognition," he said.
With that in mind, Hester remains essentially wide open and he could become a hot ticket as we get deeper into the recruiting season. Hester was injured his senior year with a deep right thigh contusion that limited him to five games. As a junior, Hester was selected to the all-county and conference teams despite only playing in four games because of a broken right leg. In those four games, he caught 11 passes for 350 yards and five touchdowns.
"I'm pretty much wide open right now and listening to what schools are interested in me," Hester said. "It can be anyone from Oklahoma State to Arizona State, but I want to go to school to graduate and play football."