Recruiting: For Hester, Texas 'Felt Like Home'

Shreveport Evangel RB <B>Jacob Hester</B> joined the Longhorn commitment party this weekend when he arrived in Austin Friday, a day earlier than most, and found a scholarship offer in his hand. Having never before tripped to UT, Hester didn't waste a lot of time mulling over his options. He simply could not refuse.

Spurning offers from OU, LSU, Oregon and Texas Tech, Hester said Texas "just felt like felt like my school back home."

What else made the Burnt Orange too good to pass up?

"My family are just huge Texas fans," Hester told IT. "And it's close to home, close to my family and close to my girlfriend."

"Anytime you get a chance to go to a school like Texas," Hester added, "you got to jump on it!"

Even before UT formally extended an offer, the Louisiana 5A MVP said he had reason to believe Mack and Co. would offer him. But that wasn't the case a couple of years ago...

"I never knew I'd be this good and didn't think I really became good until I switched from defense to offense," Hester revealed. "I played defensive end and linebacker before and I think that served me well when I went over the offense."

Sure it did, as the wrecking ball of a runner lives for running people over and initiating contact, punishing would-be tacklers.

"Running people over is my favorite part of playing the game," said Evangel's hard-nosed tailback.

"I'm 6-feet, 240 pounds and can run a 4.59," Hester told IT.


"Yeah, I clocked that 4.59 at the Nike camp last year," said Hester as he recognized the disbelief I might have for a kid his size sportin' an insane sub-4.6 forty.

But Hester was voted top underclassmen at last year's Nike camp in large part due to that very impressive size/speed package. The kid's legit.

After totaling 1,600 yards and 27 TDs rushing plus 350 yards and 2 TDs receiving as a junior, Hester earned all-district, all-city, all-south and all-American honors.

And the kid can push weight.

"Last time we tested I could bench 315, squat 505 and (hang) clean 265," Hester said.

This is a kid who can play running back or fullback, but needs to have the rock in his hand. Whether or not he plays tailback doesn't matter because he can carry the ball from either position. Greg Davis has wanted to get more athleticism at the fullback position and Hester certainly meets that criteria.

We'll have more on Hester in this week's edition of the Inside Scoop. Oh, and he had something to say to the Texas fans reading this:

"Don't worry about me decommitting or anything like that...I'll see ya soon."

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