UM has high hopes for freshman DB

Kiy Hester was one of Miami's primary defensive back targets all last recruiting season. They were able to flip him from Rutgers late in the year, and have high hopes for him entering his freshman season.

As a recruit: Kiy Hester was one of the most heavily recruited players in the entire state of New Jersey last recruiting season. He put his name on the recruiting map with a strong junior season and landed numerous offers, including one from Miami, in the spring. He committed to Rutgers in the summer but that never stopped Miami from recruiting him. He finished his senior season with 56 tackles and five interceptions. He also added nearly 400 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver. He helped his DePaul Catholic High team win a state championship. He de-committed from Rutgers toward the end of his senior season and took official visits to Michigan State and Miami before pledging to the Canes in mid-December. He was high school teammates with fellow incoming freshman Courtel Jenkins.

What to expect: The Hurricanes finished the spring with five cornerbacks listed on the depth chart. One of them -- Nate Dortch -- has since left the program and another -- Ladarius Gunter -- has returned to action. That likely means Hester will enter fall camp as the team's sixth corner. All five players ahead of him are legit and so Hester joins what is probably the deepest position on the entire team. Still, he is already Miami's biggest cornerback and just lacks the speed as some of the others. He'll likely need some game experience before factoring too much into the rotation. He's fully expected to play, primarily on special teams, but he seems like a kid the coaches really like for the future. Mop-up duty is expected, especially early in the season, but he could become a factor on defense later in the season -- especially if the Canes have an injury or two at the position.


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