RECRUITING: Coveted RB says verbal is solid

Running back Jacob Hester recently verbaled to Texas, but is he officially done with recruiting?

JACOB HESTER, FB, 6'0, 240, 4.59, SHREVEPORT (EVANGEL CHRISTIAN HS), LOUISIANA:

Hester is considered by many the top fullback prospect in the country. Actually, he is a combination fullback and running back, which is evident by his 1,600 yards rushing last season and 27 touchdowns. And that is incredible considering how much Evangel throws the football around.

"We line up in the one-back formation a lot," said Hester. "I also catch the ball quite a bit. I think I caught 35 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns. I think I can play well in a one-back set and a two-back set. I think in a two-back set I can play both fullback and tailback."

Many compare Hester to Mike Alstott of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of his flexibility. Hester can bench 315 pounds, squats 505 and he has a 28-inch vertical jump. Hester is a starter in soccer and was starting in baseball before giving up the sport this year. He committed to Texas last weekend during their spring jamboree.

"I committed to Texas while I was up there," said Hester. "I am pretty much shutting down recruiting at this point. Texas was a lot like my high school. The coaches were great and I have a couple of friends who go to school there and it feels like home. I've already heard from Tristen (Ross) everyday since I made that decision. I also have a couple of friends at Texas Tech, so I get to play against them as well."

If the Sooners are going to get back into the hunt, they will have come from a long way back.

Jacob has already qualified.

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