Rutgers Still Leads for Four-Star Hester

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers remains the leader for four-star safety Kiy Hester, who will transfer back to DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) for his senior season. Hester discussed why Rutgers is his leader and the other schools still in contention at Saturday's on-campus passing camp.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) four-star safety Kiy Hester could be close to a decision and has Rutgers as his leader going into the end of June.

Hester does not have a decision date in sight but wants to end things relatively soon and is focused on a handful of schools with Rutgers out front.

"Rutgers is obviously my leader right now," Hester said. "I have a good relationship with the coaches and they interact with me all the time. I know a lot of kids from Rutgers, kids that play other sports or friends from school or anything. I know I can fit right in with the people. My parents can come see me play and my family and friends."

Hester said he wants to take visits before a decision, but could choose to wrap things up soon if it feels right.

"It's not really like I have to decide by my season or by this certain day," he said. "Honestly, it could be tomorrow. It could be a month from now. It's just when I feel right about it."

The four-star safety prospect spent his Saturday at Rutgers, where he talked in-depth with the coaching staff.

"I've really enjoyed the day and hanging out with the coaches and talking to them about changes and recruiting and everything," Hester said. "I really have a good relationship with them. I talk to them a lot on Twitter and stuff. I interact with them as much as I can and we have a great relationship and enjoy it every time I come down and visit."

Friend and teammate Justin Nelson, who committed to Rutgers as a defensive end, is in his ear constantly about the Scarlet Knights.

"He asks me every day when I'm going to commit to Rutgers," Hester said. "He really wants me to come play with him."

Hester spent part of his junior season at St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.), but returns to DePaul for his senior season. He played for DePaul on Saturday's 7-on-7 activities.

"It feels good to be back with them, but that's no disrespect to St. Joe's, where I enjoyed my time and everything," Hester said. "There was a family situation and I had to be close to my mom, so that was part of it."

With no visits set up, Miami, Michigan State, Virginia, Ohio State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt round out Hester's top choices.

"They're all still in it for sure," Hester said. "I haven't made any kind of decision yet and I like all of those schools as options."

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