After months of rehabilitation, Hess reaggravated the injury while playing lacrosse, and was stuck with more rehab and therapy. In total, it took Hess 11 months of rehabilitation before returning to full health.
"It was definitely a long process," he said. "Therapy three times a week for six months. I finally got done with it, and then ended up back in therapy for the hamstring. It makes me stronger in the outcome."
In the time Hess spent rehabbing, he missed a good majority of his junior season and every summer college camp he hoped to attend.
Hess (6-foot-2, 184) is now playing catch-up in his recruitment, and hoping to impress coaches.
"It's definitely more pressure on my senior year and a lot more pressure to talk with schools and get noticed," Hess said. "It's definitely a lot tougher but more of a challenge, which is exciting at the same time."
In order to generate some interest, Hess is sending out highlight film from his first three games. In that time, he has led Central Catholic in tackles and interceptions.
When Hess met MacPherson, Detroit Central Catholic's athletic director spoke highly of Hess.
"He said (to MacPherson) that this would be a guy that could hopefully be on your radar if he wasn't hurt right now," Hess recalled.
Hess is hoping that his highlight film will generate interest from Northwestern.
"Hopefully, that will show him I'm back at 100 percent and get them interested," Hess said.
This weekend, Hess will visit Indiana. He is hoping to make more visits as the season progresses.