Hester Plans on Visiting Maryland this Summer

ATH Kiy Hester holds an offer from Maryland and plans on visiting the Terps this summer.

Kiy Hester, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete from Wayne, N.J., is only a rising junior, yet he has already attracted a lot of attention from various football programs on the East Coast, including an offer from the Maryland Terrapins.

The DePaul Catholic athlete said that he has not started narrowing down his options and is still waiting on more offers to come, but he has scheduled a busy summer traveling to different schools. He said that while he hasn't talked to Maryland a whole lot since the recruiting process started, he will hopefully schedule a visit down to College Park by the end of the summer. He also said that Miami and Michigan State are also on his list of schools that he wants to visit this summer.

“I'm looking for somewhere that I can basically call my family,” Hester said. “Somewhere my family is comfortable with, where I like the coaches. I definitely want to play early. Somewhere where I'll work hard and just be good for all my four years.”

He said that distance does not matter for him, emphasizing that the biggest factor for him is how comfortable he and those he is close with are with the program.

“Wherever I feel comfortable at, how far away it is doesn't matter,” Hester said. “As long as me and family and my coaching staff think it's good.”

Hester watched Maryland last season in their 56-45 loss to Clemson, where Maryland took a large lead before watching Clemson mount a stunning comeback and handing the Terrapins a loss in their homecoming game.

“Looking at Maryland's offense and defense, I like the way they play,” Hester said. “I love the new uniforms. They're nice. The pride ones, with the flags on the helmets, those are nice.”

Hester has been recruited as a wide receiver, a cornerback and a safety, but he says feels comfortable playing on either side of the field. As a receiver, Hester had over 500 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns last year during his sophomore season. He admits that he sees himself as playing more as a safety than as a cornerback.

“As a receiver, my strength is my speed,” Hester said. “I got a lot faster from last year. And my hands. I got big hands, so I can catch the ball in traffic. And my jumping ability let's me go up and get the ball. That's one of my strengths, getting jump balls. And as a defensive back, I go for the ball, I tackle. That's why I like to play safety. I like to hit and I like to be involved in all of the plays. I want to cover everything, run, pass. I want to see the whole field.”

This offseason, Hester is focused more on improving himself as a player as he looks to continue to make an impact on the DePaul Catholic Spartans, who posted an 8-1 regular season record before falling in the first round of the playoffs.

“I've been working hard, trying to get ready for the season,” Hester said. “The things I've been working on are my speed and my defense. Things like moving my hips better, making cuts, working on my backpedal.”

Hester said that defensively, he watches Tyrann Mathieu, the LSU cornerback, and defensive backs from Alabama like Morris Claiborne, now a cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, and Mark Barron, a safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I watch their highlights and their films and how they pick up stuff,” Hester said.

On offense, Hester said he watches former Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd (now with the Arizona Cardinals) and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

“I see those people and how they run their routes and how they use their hands and other techniques and other stuff I can use,” said Hester.

Hester holds seven offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse. He says that he also been in contact with and has interest from other schools including Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon and Penn State.

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