We caught up with Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive back Aaron Hester Saturday night to get his take on UCLA hiring Rick Neuheisal as their new head coach. Hester also added some unique insight on whether or not Bruin DC Dewayne Walker would stay on the new staff.
Hester, 6-0, 180 pounds had a very good senior season establishing himself as the top cover corner in the region. He has excellent speed and quickness, long arms and is a physical player.
Hester gave UCLA an early commitment back in the summer but always planned to take his official visits. He tripped to Arizona State in October and has two January trips planned as well.
"I have Oregon set for (Jan. 11) and Miami set for (Jan. 18)," Hester said. "I don't know if I'll take those though, I need to sit down with Coach Neuheisal and see how he feels about it. I would like to take them but if he's not in to it, then I might not make either trip.
"I'm excited about Coach Neuheisal getting the job. My dad knows a lot about him and thinks he's a good fit. He's an offensive minded coach and that's what UCLA needs. He's a great recruiter and a players coach all the way.
"My dad has talked to some former players who played for him and some parents who had players play for him and they all said they really liked him a lot. They said he has an open door policy and you can come in and see him whenever you need to and he's always there for you. They said he really looks out for the players so my dad liked that a lot.
"As long as they keep Coach (Dewayne) Walker, I'm going to UCLA for sure. I think he's going to stay too. I was talking with Kevan (Walker-Dewayne's son and Bruin commit) yesterday afternoon and while I was talking to him, Coach Neuheisal was talking Coach Walker at the same time and Kevan said it sounded good for his dad to stay on as the DC.
"Right now, I'm looking forward to playing in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Florida and then when I get back, hopefully I'll have a chance to meet up with Coach Neuheisal and I'm looking forward to that."