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UCLA on fire lands No. 3

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When you are hot, you're hot and UCLA is on a roll. Hot on the heels of landing cornerback Anthony Dye and wide receiver Jerry Johnson the Bruins reeled in another big fish in cornerback Aaron Hester (6-1, 180, 4.44) from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez.
The Bruins land a corner in Hester who has the size to hang with the larger wide receivers of today's and the quicks to keep up with the smaller, faster wide receivers.
There aren't that many corners in the NFL that have his size, speed combo.
As a junior, Hester racked up 45 tackles, five forced fumbles and had three picks. What makes his stats even more impressive is that he was playing mostly at wide receiver.
Hester hauled in 20 receptions for 550 yards and scored five touchdowns from his wide receiver position.
That Hester is capable of playing on either side of the ball fits the UCLA profile of recruiting athletic players with versatility.
The scouting report on Hester from his corner position is he's fast, physical and is great in coverage.
Why UCLA?
"UCLA is close to home, they have showed me a lot of love and I think I can play early," Hester said. "I like Coach E (Eric Scott) and Coach DeWayne Walker. They told me everything I need to know about UCLA.
"Alterraun Verner played a large roll in my decision," Hester said. "We are childhood friends and we have been training together since we were little. I hope to be playing on the other side of him one day.
"Another reason I chose UCLA is because Coach Walker is an excellent coach who has coached in the NFL," Hester said. "He coaches the defensive backs and I couldn't have a better coach.
Hester has outstanding bloodlines as his cousin is Chicago Bear, Devin Hester and like his cousin, he will be returning punts and kicks this fall for Dominguez.
San Diego State also offered the talented corner from Dominguez. Other schools that were recruiting him were Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and USC.
Another great get for the fast charging Bruins.
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