Gamecocks Chasing Alabama DB

Foley High School has been a pretty popular destination for college recruiters the past couple of years. Julio Jones may be the school's main attraction, but playmaking safety Robert Lester is making his own bid for college stardom.

Robert Lester Profile

"We start fall practice tomorrow," said Robert. "The last two years we have only had like two teams score over 14 points against us, so I expect our defense to be pretty good again this year."

If the Lions' defense is going to have that familiar roar, Robert knows he will have to take on a larger role in 2007.

"I am one of the only starters that is returning," said Lester. "I am going to take the lead of being a leader to make sure everything is going right. I know the plays and I have all that down pat. I am going to help the younger players that are coming up and we'll just see what happens."

The talented two-way standout is holding several college scholarship offers.

"I have nine offers so far," said Robert. "I want to stay close to home though. That is the big thing for me. I would like to stay in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida or somewhere like that. I want my family to be able to see me play."

The two schools Robert is most interested at this time seem to fit his geographical preferences.

"I am looking at South Carolina and Florida State a lot right now," said Lester. "I don't hear as much from the other schools as I do those two. Mississippi State kind of came out of nowhere with the offer and I haven't heard a lot from them since then. Some of the other schools have been in touch with me, but South Carolina and Florida State are the ones I hear from the most."

Schools wanting to throw their proverbial hats in the ring still have some time. Lester is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I am being recruited as a safety," said Robert. "I could play receiver too. I am going to wait and see what all offers I get before I decide, so I am going to make my decision pretty late."

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