WR Jessie Hester of Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla is the son of former Florida State standout Jessie Hester Sr. However, despite the impressive pedigree, Hester Jr has set out to make a name for himself and got off to a solid start as a junior- tallying better than 300 yards receiving and five touchdowns despite missing half the season due to injury. Hester is on the smallish side but has still drawn the interest of schools from around the nation. Pack Pride breaks down this talented athlete with facts, figures and a Q & A on recruiting.
Speed- 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash (Nike camp)
Vertical Leap- 28 inches (Nike Camp)
Awards as a junior- all-conference, all-county (note- played in only four games)
No. 50 player in Florida by Superprep
4-star prospect by TheInsiders.com
You transferred in to Glades Central before the start of the season. How has that move gone and how has the season gone to date?
"We played our first game last Friday because of the hurricane and I had a 71-yard punt return called back because of a penalty. I'm playing primarily WR but they've got me playing punt return and kick return as well. I knew I needed to get my numbers up so that was one of the reasons I went to Glades Central. They have so many good athletes that teams can't focus on just me so that helps me out."
You have a famous father and are rated highly by several recruiting sites. Does that create any pressure for you to have to go out and perform?
"That was one of the reasons I went to Central. Teams can't triple team me anymore. I feel like I can go out and play and not worry about having to get 100 yards receiving or whatever."
It appears that NC State recently started showing more interest in you. What's your thoughts on the Pack currently?
"You know, NC State is one of those schools that I've always wanted to be recruited by. I get a lot of letters from them so I wouldn't mind taking a visit up there. I've talked to coach Holliday a couple of times but we hadn't had a chance to talk a whole lot yet so I don't know too much about them. But my dad played at Florida State so he knows coach Amato from up there. But I do like the offense that they run but we really just started talking so I don't think they know too much about me and I don't know too much about them."
Who are some of the schools you're hearing from?
"IOWA, Miami, Florida State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Ohio State- pretty much all the big schools that you can name- I've heard from them. But the ones that have called me during the contact period are Miami, NC State, N. Illinois, S. Florida, Iowa and Florida State."
Which schools have offered you so far?
"Miami, Georgia, Maryland and Iowa"
Who do you consider your top schools right now?
"My top schools are still Miami and Iowa just because I've talked to them and they know a lot about me and I know a lot about them. Miami is just down the street but I'm not locked in on any school and every school has a chance. But those schools are my top two right now."
Does a school like NC State, or some of the others, have a chance to move up as the year wears on?
"Yeah, State can definitely move up. Like, I've been waiting on Georgia. They gave me a scholarship and then that was it. I haven't heard from them or nothing. Same thing with Maryland. They offered me and then that was it. To me, that's a waste of time. Why would you do something like that?"
Have you had a chance to set up any official visits yet?
"I've been so busy with my season I don't see how I'll be able to do it right now. I'll probably take care of all that after my season is over."