Lester, Jones Decide to Reschedule Visit

Robert Lester and Julio Jones are going to wait until after their high school season ends to make a trip to Norman. Sooners Illustrated caught up with Lester, a University of Alabama commitment who said it's a "big possibility" he could change his mind and play somewhere else.

Three-star safety Robert Lester is putting his team before himself this weekend.

Lester, the 45th-ranked safety in the country, was scheduled to make an official visit to the University of Oklahoma this weekend along with Foley (Ala.) High School teammate Julio Jones, the nation's No. 1 wide receiver and No. 2 overall prospect.

However, Foley head coach Todd Watson asked the dynamic duo to put off their trip as the Alabama high school playoffs approach.

"We planned on being there this weekend, but coach (Watson) asked us to cool off until the playoffs were over," Lester said Wednesday night. "So we're going to reschedule our visit for sometime after the season."

Foley is currently 9-0 and ranked No. 3 in 6A entering the final week of the regular season.

Lester (6-2/205/4.58) committed to the University of Alabama earlier this season after receiving an offer from the Crimson Tide. However, Lester's options are open.

"I'm waiting to take all my visits," he said. "If I find a place where I like the coaches and feel it's a place I can play, then there is a big possibility I could change my mind."

That includes OU, he said. He's also planning on taking official visits to Clemson and South Carolina.

Though he lives in a football crazy state, Lester said he wasn't a football fan growing up. Therefore, he added, he has no allegiance to any school, including Alabama or Auburn.

"I grew up not really liking football," he said. "It wasn't until I got to high school that I found out I was pretty good at it."

He's blossomed in a short amount of time.

With his interception last week, Lester set the school's all-time record with nine. He said he's now gunning for the single-season record, which is eight. He currently has five.

Lester splits his time between cornerback and safety. Watson said he prefers to have Lester in the open at safety, but since he's Foley's best cover corner, he'll play him on the outside if the matchup requires it.

"But I definitely prefer safety," Lester said.


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