When you watch tape on Farrell Hester from Bishop Gorman High School here in Las Vegas, you come away wondering how he is only a "2 star" recruit. He plays the game the right way, with passion, aggressive, hard, to the whistle, physical and is a play maker. When I spoke with a UNLV source about Hester they raved about him and wondered aloud how he doesn't have more stars but added that is to their benefit since he decided to stay home in his city. Hester has all the tools to be a impact Inside Linebacker from the moment he steps on the UNLV campus. He also has a winning pedigree going undefeated the past 2 years with back-to-back high school National Titles.
In talking with Farrell for this interview I was impressed for his seriousness and football IQ. We talked X's and O's as well as why he chose UNLV and being able to play once again for his former high school coach, Tony Sanchez. Hester is going to bring toughness and "that nasty" to the Rebels defense, which is a good thing.
Here is Farrell Hester on his commitment to UNLV:
1. What were you thinking during your official visit to UNLV being that you already have a relationship with coach Sanchez and live in Las Vegas?
The visit was great, I had a lot of fun. My family and I were impressed by it. But it was kind of like a family visit, getting to spend time with my old coaches from my sophomore year and getting to catch up on things.
I just envision myself doing what I do best. Filling holes, stopping runs, making big hits, big plays, balling out for my family, and just having fun. It's what I love to do. And from there I'll adjust to the defense, and how they want me to play it.
They were the first to offer me and give great interest in me. When ever I came down there, not only Coach Sanchez, but the whole staff and players made me feel welcomed and treated me like family. I also know what Coach Sanchez I capable of, and I truly believe that the whole program is turning around and I want to be apart of that. And it feel great to be playing for my city that I grew up in. I think I'm able to come in and play. It's all up to how hard I'm willing to work and compete.
My strengths are stopping runs, shedding blocks, hitting, and plugging holes. I could approve more on my pass coverage, and open field tackling. But this is a whole new level so there's always room for improvement in everything that I do. I just have to keep grinding and constantly get better everyday.
I knew it was big decision for me, but I didn't realize how big it was to everyone around me as well. I had a plethora of family and old friends hitting me up about it, and excited that I was going to put on for the 702. Then random people in Vegas would walk up to me excited about my commitment. So much positivity came out of it, and I just felt like I made the right decision.
I loved every single thing about the program. The trip was great, I had a lot of fun. I even loved the academic presentation. The new complex and stadium is what really impressed me. I just can't wait to get out there and compete and do what I love. I think Coach Sanchez and the coaching staff did a phenomenal job of recruiting. They impressed me a lot, and way more then any other school has.
A nice Campus, diverse students, great professors, a great business program, and excellent atmosphere, a football team with great coaches, and a variety of good food places.
I think that I will be bringing a lot. Including my training, my size, the knowledge of the game, a hard working mind set, and a winners mentality. And I love to compete.
Yes, my goal is to start as a true freshman, and ball out in my city. Also help UNLV have the best record they've had in a long time and hopefully make it to a bowl game.
Stay tuned, because it's time to shine for my city. This recruiting class is special and these next few seasons, y'all are not going to want to miss.
You can follow Farrell on Twitter @hester_one