When it comes to early recruiting discussions concerning the Class of 2014 in New Jersey, Jabrill Peppers is the name most often mentioned. While this attention is very well deserved, another sophomore is also off to a quick start. Kiy Hester of Wayne (N.J.) DePaul has two early offers, and in the midst of an impressive sophomore season, he is likely to add to his total very soon.
"I'm doing well on both sides of the ball and just trying to win a state championship," said Hester, who is 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds.
Hester has had to adjust his game due to an injury on his team.
"I started off at wide receiver and cornerback, but I played safety for a few games too when our safety got injured," said Hester. "I have 24 catches for 455 yards and nine touchdowns, 35 tackles, two picks and one fumble recovery for a touchdown."
Hester is happy with how his game has progressed since his freshman season.
"I matured so much and I've worked on the things I struggled with last year and improved them," said Hester.
When it comes to recruiting, the sophomore is off to a quick start.
"I have two offers and I'm gaining a lot of interest," said Hester. "I have offers from Rutgers and Boston College. It feels good and it just makes me work harder."
Aside from these two offers, Hester knows that several other schools are showing interest.
"Oklahoma and Oregon from what I heard, but my coach tries to keep me focused during the season so we really don't talk about recruiting," said Hester.
The sophomore has not attended any games this fall due to his own busy schedule, but he did visit Rutgers during the spring to check out two practices.
"I loved the atmosphere there and the coaches are great," said Hester.
Having shown the ability to play on either side of the ball, Hester discussed his possible position at the next level.
"I'm not sure yet," said Hester. "My coach says I can go for either position so I'm just going to keep improving on both."