Also a quality sprinter in track, Lester recently placed third in his region in both the 100 meters (10.6 seconds) and 200 meters (22.0). He says he has lowered his 40-yard dash time from 4.44 to 4.31 in recent months, despite bulking up from 178 to 184 pounds.
In a recent telephone interview with this writer, Lester seemed very impressed with Tennessee after attending the Phillip Fulmer football camp.
''Tennessee and Auburn were the ones (camps) I liked best so far,'' he said. ''Tennessee's camp was real organized. That camp was a lot more intense than a lot of the others. I worked real hard at that camp.''
Lester described himself as ''a balanced runner,'' adding: ''I like to run inside and also go outside and break a lot of tackles.''
Asked what he does best, he replied: ''Make people miss.''
He did a lot of that in 2002. He carried 15 times for 224 yards against Norcross and 15 times for 183 yards versus Lilburn Brookwood.
''The best run I had all year came against Brookwood,'' Lester said. ''I broke eight or nine tackles, gained about 30 yards and helped us win 17-10.''
When asked if he was weary after the 224-yard effort against Norcross, he laughed.
''Nah,'' he said. ''The practices are hard; the games are easy.''
Lester recently listed his top three college picks as Auburn, Tennessee and Indiana. When asked what he was looking for in a school, he replied: ''Someplace I can play early and be comfortable with the coaching staff.'' <> Apparently, he felt really comfortable with the staff at Auburn, which has a glut of touted tailbacks. The Tigers' stable includes Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, Tre Smith and 6-4, 260-pound juco transfer Brandon Jacobs.