Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive back Aaron Hester is the top corner prospect in the West and a top 100 player nationally. He gave an early commitment to UCLA but always maintained he would take his official visits and loved his first stop at Arizona State last weekend.
Hester, 6-0, 185 pounds is a tremendous athlete with a very high upside to him. He has excellent size and speed, long arms, plays physical and has a high understanding for how to play the position.
The athlete checked out Tempe this past weekend and raved about what he saw from the Sun Devils.
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"Oh man, it was a great trip," Hester said. "I got out there Saturday and stayed the whole weekend. There were a lot of highlights for me, I can't just pick out one or two.
"The love I got from the coaches was pretty special. They really made me feel wanted the whole time. Coach Yarber has been recruiting me for awhile now and we have a great relationship. I also had some great talks with Coach Erickson and we have a good relationship as well.
"Coach Erickson was just telling me that he's not afraid to play freshman at ASU and if I come and compete and I'm ready to go, I'll be on the field. That's my goal, no matter where I'm at, to play as a true freshman.
"I was also blown away at how well all the players on the team get along. There is a real camraderie there and it seems like those guys have known each other for years. The guys on the team were great with me and made me feel like I was already part of the team.
"The game atmosphere was real cool as well. The fans never stopped cheering the whole game. That place was crazy and it felt like I was at an NFL game the whole time. Even when they were losing, the fans still kept cheering for them and it was cool to see ASU rally and win it in the end.
"The city of Tempe is also a cool place. It's a total college town and I felt very comfortable there. I like the weather and there is a lot to do there as well. Overall, it was a great trip like I said, I really can't think of any negatives about it."
The obvious question for Hester following the visit is how solid is his commitment to UCLA at this point.
"I'm still a Bruin but I also want to keep my options open until Signing Day," Hester said. "I'm not going to lie, ASU gave me a lot to think about but if Signing Day was this week, I would definitely be a Bruin. I'm just glad I had a chance to compare another school with UCLA and I'm still planning to take the rest of my visits.
"The only one I have set up right now is with Washington for (Nov. 16). They're playing Cal, this will be the third time I've seen Cal now, it's pretty funny. That's who ASU beat and I saw UCLA beat them the week before. I also want to visit Oregon at some point but I haven't set that date yet."