Treyvon Hester worked out with the offensive line this past Saturday at the Penn State Nike Camp. The 6-3, 275-pound Hester is also being recruited as a defensive tackle. The purpose for Hester going to this past weekend's combine, was to simply show where he was from.
"Western PA, we try and come out, and set a show for these guys," Hester said. "We have a lot of schools out here; Penn Hills, Gateway, (Pittsburgh) Central (Catholic). We want to come out here together as a team and show them we know how to play.
"The WPIAL, that's a real hard conference to be in, especially coming from western PA. You have to be a real tough football player to play in the WPIAL. We play Quad-A. There's a lot of guys coming for your head every play, every down. You have to go hard."
So far, Hester holds two offers, and he has also heard a lot from Pitt. He was at one of Pitt's spring practices, and was also one of about 40 prospects invited to its junior day in early March.
"I got two offers from Kent State and Toledo," Hester said. "I'm looking at Pitt right now too. That's my hometown team. That's about it right now. I was at the junior day. They just want me to keep in touch, and focus more on my school work so they can get me (an offer) on paper."
The first thing that stands out about the Panthers, aside from the fact it's his hometown school, is the coaching staff.
"I got to talk to (head) coach (Todd) Graham and (offensive line) coach (Spencer) Leftwich, and a couple other coaches that I got to meet," Hester said. "They seem like real cool guys."
Then there's the fact that two former teammates—defensive back Brandon Ifill and defensive lineman Aaron Donald are on the Pitt roster now, and another in cornerback Cullen Christian transferring in. He saw those three go through the recruiting process, and also looked to them as team leaders when he was a sophomore. The thought of being on the same team with them some day excites him.
"I got a couple leaders that showed me the ropes that's down there with the Panthers right now," Hester said. "It will feel more like home. They'll keep me more focused if I do go down there."
While Pitt is a leader, he does want to take his time and explore all of his options.
"I would look into it," Hester said. "I'm not jumping into any conclusions or anything like that. I would look into it."
Cincinnati is another school that Hester has heard from. In addition to getting back to Pitt for a prospect camp this summer, he also hopes to camp with the Bearcats as well.