2014 Wayne, New Jersey safety Kiy Hester is comfortably slotted in as one of the top 250 recruits in the country, and the four-star safety has a new top seven, according to Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights unsurprisingly made the top seven cut, and they were joined by the Vanderbilt Commodores, Miami Hurricanes, North Carolina Tar Heels, Michigan State Spartans, Virginia Cavaliers, and Ohio State Buckeyes. Hester reportedly named Rutgers the leader in his recruitment earlier this week (Rivals, Scout, and NJ.com all reported this), and that reportedly hasn’t changed. Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell also tweeted out that Rutgers has a “big edge” in Hester’s recruitment.
Kiy Hester already has official visits scheduled to Michigan State and Vanderbilt, but the recent reports from Rivals are telling for Rutgers. They already landed a four-star, in-state prospect yesterday in wide receiver Adonis Jennings, but Hester would be an even bigger prizes for the Scarlet Knights. He is ranked by the 247Composite as the sixth-best recruit in the state of New Jersey, and Rutgers definitely needs to stamp their dominance on the state.
All ten experts on 247Sports tab Rutgers as the team to land a commitment from Hester, and I would also like to note that Rutgers was the unanimous pick for Jennings on the Crystal Ball as well. Will recent history repeat itself? It is incredible to think that Rutgers is the definite leader among the elite programs in his top seven that include Ohio State and Michigan State, but that won’t mean much to Rutgers if they can’t lock up a pledge from him.
The 6’0″, 200 pound St. Joseph Regional star (he will be transferring back to DePaul next season) is one of the top 15 safeties in the country, and he is in the 247Composite’s top 250 and in the Rivals250. Hester has great size for the position and is a good all-around safety who continues to see his stock rise. Hester took a visit to Rutgers earlier this week, and he also camped with the Scarlet Knights this month.