Being 6-foot-3 and 290-pounds is never a bad thing for guys playing high school football especially when they have aspirations of taking their game to the next level.
Then when those measurements are combined with an upperclassman who is being highly recruited, an opportunity to be recognized by college coaches could not be any better. However, it wasn’t until his eighth grade year that Archbishop Shaw High School product Chester Hebert began to take football seriously.
While watching his teammate and current LSU commit Elliot Porter shuffle through the recruiting process, Hebert realized with a little hard work, maybe he too could take his game to the collegiate ranks.
“I’m hoping to get offers,” Hebert stated to TigerSportsDigest.com. “Just getting letters from some of these schools is a dream come true. Elliot and I would sometimes talk about recruiting, but I never thought all of this recruiting stuff would happen to me.”
Hebert looks up to Porter for helping him through the early stages of the recruiting process, along with helping him become the player that he is at this stage of his career.
“Elliot was the reason I attended the LSU camp in June,” Hebert said. “He said he was going, but didn’t want to go alone, so I went with him and I ended up winning the MVP for offensive linemen. Then Elliot would take me to all of the home LSU games because he had tickets.
“I think he was trying to get me a little exposure too. Elliot and I became familiar with each other because we went head-to-head all spring and all summer. He was left defensive end and I was right tackle. It’s hard to say who won those battles because we went back and forth.”
Trading blows with Porter at practice obviously paid off for Hebert because not only has he received letters from various programs such as LSU and Florida State, he also took home some prestigious honors once his season came to an end.
“I think I did really good this year,” Hebert informed. “I was named to the all-metro, all-district, and (Class 4A) all-state teams. I thought I did a pretty good job at run-blocking, but I could probably work on my pass blocking a little more. I think I struggled a little with pass blocking because my team ran the ball primarily and so most of the time I was run-blocking.”
While Hebert hopes to land offers from programs such as Florida State, Georgia, Arkansas, or just about any team in the south, there is one offer at the top of his wish list.
“My family bleeds purple and gold,” Hebert said. “And I like LSU because they are always in the top 10 and it seems like every year they are in the running for the BCS title. I think I would be a good fit in their offense too because they’re usually a good running team with big backs and I love to run-block.”