"I'm still a solid verbal to UCLA, nothing has changed," said Hester. "With Coach Dorrell gone, there is nothing I can do about it but ride it out and see what happens next. I'd love for Coach (DeWayne) Walker to be the head coach. He's a real cool person and a defensive minded coach. I'm hoping at least they keep Coach Walker, Coach (Eric) Scott and Coach (Todd) Howard on staff."
Hester said that despite rumors of him being a soft commitment, that's not the case and he doesn't have a deadline set to solidify his decision, for good reason.
"Yeah, I'm still committed, so really, there is no decision to be made," said Hester. "I'm planning on visiting UCLA next weekend with the other commits."
"Really, every school in the Pac-10 has been showing interest," said Hester. "I tripped to Arizona State and Washington, they have been trying to get me up there for a visit, but I don't know when that will happen."
In the meantime, Hester said he's been talking regularly with the other UCLA commits, especially this week, and he said the group is looking forward to the visit next weekend, and seeing how the coaching search plays out.
"It's out of my control, so all I can do is watch," said Hester.
Hester said that the plan is for him to still come in at cornerback, despite having good safety size. He'll play that position next month as well, when he plays in the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Miami.