Jeremy Hester: 2010 Arnold RB

The Panhandle in Florida has produced some great running back's over the years. One to keep an eye on for 2010 is Jeremy Hester from Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. The rising junior rushed for 2,302 yards on 233 carries(9.8) with a whopping 37 touchdowns. caught up with the talented runner and presents his 2008 junior highlights.

At 5'9, 175 pounds, Jeremy Hester can fit a number of offenses at the next level. He summed up his game, "I am fast, elusive, explosive, and have good vision. I feel I react to things quickly." The video shows big-time burst and athleticism. In today's college game, Hester has the versatility that colleges covet, he can play in the spread or run behind a fullback.

The consistent production also separates Hester from the pack. In the regular season, he had five games with over 200 yards and his low rushing total was 113 yards. Hester also shines on special teams as kickoff returner where he is a threat to take it the house every time. Hester runs tough and is not afraid to lower his shoulder and grind out extra yardage.

Hester led Arnold to an undefeated regular season and to the second round of the playoffs where they lost to Godby. "Willie Downs, that was an impressive football player." He has high hopes for next season, "We will be mature, experienced, we work hard, we want to win a State Championship. I would love to do more as a senior than I did as a junior, 2,500+ yards would be nice."

The junior talked about who he is hearing from on the recruiting trail, "Auburn, Alabama, USF, UNC, Troy, Southern Miss, and Florida. I would like to hear from Purdue, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Miami." He has plans to visit a number of camps this summer, one school that sticks out is Alabama, "I just love the way they run the ball."

Head Coach James Hale has high praise for Hester's work ethic and skill set. He sees a little of Javier Arenas's special teams skills in Hester and also a player he formerly coached in Tony Thompson. Thompson played at Tennessee and led the SEC in rushing with 1,261 yards in 1990.

Hester has played some cornerback on defense, but sees himself as a running back at the next level, "I'm a running back, I want the ball in my hands, I like to make things happen." In today's game, running back's need to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield and Hester can do that, "I catch the ball every time, over my shoulder, I have good hands."

The Sunshine State is once again loaded at the running back spot in 2010 and Hester ranks up there with the best of them. He has the complete package for today's game. His ability to reach top speed quickly is an asset that projects well. Few players across the country can match his offensive production and Hester should be even better in 2009.

2008 Highlights

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