Playoffs come first for Kiy Hester. With over ten offers from schools like Arkansas, Michigan, and Boston College, Hester, an athlete from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's, is keeping his focus on his team's playoff run before he plans any visits.
"Right now Rutgers, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Miami are some of the schools that are coming after me the hardest and I want to get out to see them," he said. "My latest offer was from West Virginia. I've also been getting a lot of mail from Alabama, N.C. State , Ohio State and Vanderbilt. I don't have any favorites right now. After the season I might visit a few schools but I'm not sure yet."
What does Hester think of the conference realignment?
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"Rutgers and Maryland to Big Ten would be better for them," said the 6-foot2, 200-pound Hester. "The Big Ten is a tougher conference than the Big East or ACC and I think it would be better for both teams to have tougher competition.
"Rutgers has a very good defense," he said. "I've been up there a lot since my freshman year. I'm pretty close with all the coaches. I'm comfortable with the tempo of the practice and game, the intensity on both sides of the ball and how hard they work.
"Maryland has been recruiting me hard and a few of my friends went to visit down there and they said some of the coaches down there were talking about me," said the 2014 Rivals 250 four-star. "I like their style of play and Maryland is fairly close to home.
What does Hester like about the Panthers, Spartans and Hurricanes?
"I haven't really been up to Pittsburgh but one of the recruiters came to my school and I talked to him," Hester said. "I have an interest in them from watching their games. They're tough and they play till the end.
"I went up to visit Michigan State this summer and I was amazed," he said. "It's beautiful out there. I hung out with the coaches for two days. Their summer practices and every seemed like it was a big family.
"I like the feeling down there at Miami," said Hester. "I've talked to a few recruiters and a few guys from down there so I'd like to check it out."
Is staying close to home something that is important to Hester?
"Yes and no. I'm looking at all of the schools," he explained. "If something happens where I can stay close to home that'd be better."
Hester has the ability to play on either side of the ball but he has an idea of which position he'd like to play at the next level.
"In college, I'll probably end up playing corner or safety. I like to hit."
What is Hester's next step in recruitment?
"Basically, I want to take all my official visits and get down to my top five," he said. "Then I'd take my mom and sit down with the coaches and decide from there to see where I'm most comfortable at and decide from there.
"I don't have visits planned right now but I want to wait till after the season and then I'll think about that."