Hester Talks of Commitment

Compton Dominguez's Aaron Hester, the #12-ranked cornerback in the nation who is verbally committed to UCLA, talks about the rumors of him de-committing, where he stands in his recruitment, that fact that he's grown some, and more...

Almost from the time he committed to UCLA, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Aaron Hester has been fielding questions about whether he would sign with the Bruins.

Hester was the "calm before the storm," committing to UCLA on the eve of the March Saturday when the Bruin staff received a plethora of commitments, his verbal overshadowed by the nine commitments the day after.

Seven months after he committed to the Bruins, Hester said he remains as firm on his commitment to UCLA as he did when he made it.

"Everyone has been asking me, and I'm not really tired of it, but more annoyed. I'm still 100% solid with UCLA," said Hester. "I talk to Coach (DeWayne) Walker whenever I get a chance, usually once or twice a week. And I'll be there on Saturday for the game against Cal."

Hester said from the beginning he'd like to take some official visits just to experience the recruiting process, and he still plans to do that, with the coaching staff's blessing.

"They know I'm not going anywhere. I just want to see some other schools. I'm going to Oregon at the end of this month when they play USC, and I'm going to visit Arizona State and Michigan sometime this season. I've set up a trip to Washington for December too. And I'll visit UCLA unofficially (in January)," said Hester.

Hester said that Oregon State and Washington State are coming real hard after him, Oregon State having signed his secondary mate at Dominguez, David Ross, a year ago. "I don't think I'm going to visit those two though," said Hester.

Hester said that despite ongoing rumors that he's going to decommit and verbal to USC, he insisted there isn't anything to it. "USC hasn't really even been talking with me at all the last few months. I don't know where people are getting that from or where it's coming from. I just can't wait for Signing Day to get this thing over with," said Hester.

Hester is a long-time friend of current Bruin cornerback Alterraun Verner, having been coached by Verner's father in Pop Warner, and having stayed in contact with Alterraun constantly. "Al and I talk all the time by phone or by text. I'm ready to get up there and get on the other side of him," said Hester.

Hester has also gotten to know several of the UCLA commits and stays in frequent contact with many of them. "I'm real close to Rahim Moore. We've been friends since we were like six or seven. I talk with Jerry Johnson and Antwon Moutra a lot. I matched up with Kemonte Bateman) for a little while when we played Crenshaw, but they switched me to the other receiver. We didn't talk much about that game (a Dominguez rout)."

Hester said he's up to 6-2, 190, and still feels like cornerback will be where he ends up in college. "I'm getting bigger, but I'm a cornerback, not a safety," said Hester.

The Dons, who have won the last two CIF-SS titles, suffered a blow last weekend when linebacker Maurice Simmons broke his leg, which will sideline him for the rest of the year. "Maurice and I split the leadership role of the defense. He's a more inspirational leader, and I'm a more quiet leader, but we'll have to adjust to it. We'll get after it and keep playing hard," said Hester.

Earlier in the year, the Dons suffered two losses, to Corona Centennial and Redlands East Valley, both ranked in the top 10 in the state. And Hester said those losses helped Dominguez. "I think it helped us focus. I'm glad we played those types of teams. We should be ready for anything in the playoffs," said Hester.

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