WR Has UM Offer

It's not easy sitting on the sidelines watching your teammates compete without you. It's especially painful when you're one of the state's most explosive athletes. That's the situation wide receiver Jessie Hester faced last season.

After suffering a broken foot, Hester was forced to miss over half the season.

"It was real hard," Hester said. "I can't tell you how much I wanted to be on the field helping my teammates out."

The rising senior, who spent the last few seasons at Wellington High School, will soon be transferring to Glades Central.

"I'm going over there for when school starts in the fall," he said. "Because I'm transferring, I'm not able to practice right now so I'm sitting this spring out. I'm going to Glades because I wanna help them and I think I can get a state ring there."

At 6-feet and 165 pounds, Hester is one of the most talented receivers in the state. As a junior last season, he made sure he took advantage of his limited opportunities. He averaged over 28 yards per catch on his 11 receptions and five of them went for touchdowns.

"I know how to find the endzone," he said. "I know I'm one of the smaller receivers out there so I need to work on the other things. Right now, I feel my ability to separate from defenders is what makes me different. Some guys are small and some are fast but if you can't separate from the cornerback, does it really matter? I feel like I can do that really well."

Hester, who has been playing football since the age of six, is now one of the state's most heavily recruited players.

"I have offers from Miami and Georgia," he said. "A lot of other schools seem real interested but haven't offered yet. Miami offered me about two months ago. Right now, I like Miami, Florida State, Pittsburgh, NC State, Michigan, Southern Cal, and even Georgia. I'm still wide open though."

The talented receiver said he knows some UM players, including wide receiver Devin Hester.

"I'm not related to him that I know of but I talk to him and all that," he said. "Miami's straight, I like them a lot. I'll go anywhere though, as long as I can play."

Speaking of playing, Hester said he wants to get early playing time but understands he will have to earn it.

"Nothing will come easy, especially at those schools," he said. "It doesn't matter how much competition there is. I know what I got. I'm confident in my ability and if a team has a bunch of good receivers already, it's not going to bother me. I'll compete -- you have to do that anywhere."

Hester's father, Jessie Sr., played at Florida State. The younger Hester said it's too early to tell how much of a factor that will play into his final decision.

"I wanna go where I can play and feel the most comfortable, wherever that's at," he said.

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