The recruiting process kicked off early for Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic 2014 athlete Kiy Hester. The 6-1, 190-pound prospect picked up three offers before the class of 2012 had even signed their letters of intent, and he has added two more since.
Boston College, Rutgers and Connecticut were the first three offers in for Hester. They were followed in the month of February with additional offers from Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
"That [Pitt] offer was kind of out of the blue," Hester said. "I like Pitt and I have been there for a few basketball tournaments. I like the school, but I don't really know anything about the coaches. Hopefully during the spring I'll be able to go to some camps or take some officials."
"I know a little bit about [Syracuse], so I am kind of comfortable with them," Hester said. "A kid that used to go to DePaul two or three years ago (Chaz Cervino) went there to play cornerback."
Along with the increased number of offers, Hester has also generated attention from additional schools, citing UCLA, Michigan and Oregon as three teams that have been in contact with his coach in recent weeks.
"All these offers make me want to work harder so I can get more," Hester said. "One of the schools I haven't heard from but would really like to check out is Clemson. I like the way their coaches coach their athletes and I just love their system - their offense and their defense.
"My school has been in contact with Michigan State and that's a big school. Last year, the defensive backs coach came in and was trying to recruit Davon Jacobs, who ended up going to Rutgers. I think he had an offer from them and I just liked their defense and their defensive scheme."
Hester is still in the midst of basketball season, so he has not scheduled any college campus visits this winter. He plays guard for DePaul Catholic's hoops team and has averaged close to 10 points per game, but has also missed part of the season with injuries.
On the football field this past fall, Hester stood out on offense where he registered 27 receptions for 501 yards and eight touchdowns from the wide receiver position. He has the ability to play either side of the ball in college, though.
"Before Coach [Greg] Schiano left Rutgers was talking about cornerback, but the rest of the schools have mostly been talking athlete," Hester said.