August 9, 2012

New Jersey standout enjoys Spartan visit

One of the top recruits in the nation for the class of 2014 will surely be 6-foot-2, 200-pound Kiy Hester of De Paul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey. Hester was recently in East Lansing to check out the Michigan State program and SpartanMag.com has the details.

Hester already has an impressive list of scholarships which includes offers from programs such as Michigan State, Arkansas, Miami, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Rutgers to name just a few. In all Hester has over a dozen scholarships despite just getting ready to head into his junior season.

Spartan Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi has identified Hester as a player he wants to see in Green and White. Coach Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Hester and earlier this week he and the rest of the Spartan staff hosted him on an unofficial visit. We asked Hester about his thoughts on Michigan State University.

"Michigan State has a great atmosphere," Hester said. "Both the coaches and the players make you feel at home. The school is beautiful and the campus is very nice."

While on campus Hester was able to spend some time with Coach Narduzzi and his potential position coach Harlon Barnett. He also was able to meet some of the players while observing practice. We asked him about his thoughts on the staff and some of the players he had contact with.

"The coaches are just real genuine and great. What can I say, I loved them. I was able to talk with Will Gholston and Le'Veon Bell. I also spent time with the other defensive backs and a lot of others as well."

It is still very early in the recruiting process and Hester informed us that he is not looking to make his decision anytime soon, but the impression the Spartans made on him will keep them high on his list throughout the process.

"Michigan State is really standing out for me right now. I want to take all of my official visits before I make my decision though."

Hester is listed as an athlete in the Rivals.com database due to his ability to play on either side of the ball. Last year he not only excelled on defensive but grabbed 27 passes for 501-yards and 8 touchdowns from the wide receiver spot. Michigan State sees Hester as a ball-hawking safety that can also come up and lay the wood.

Hester is a 2014 recruit and if he did end up at Michigan State he would likely come in and compete for playing time due to the departure of All Big Ten safety Isaiah Lewis. Under Head Coach Mark Dantonio, a former defensive back himself, the secondary play at Michigan State has been exceptional his last few seasons. The Spartans have put 8 players on the All-Big Ten team the last 2 seasons and that number will surely grow some more this year with Lewis, Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow Hester's recruitment over the coming months. The Spartans would love to get him back on campus again this fall so he can take in the gameday atmosphere and see the coaches and players in action first hand.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Hester is a player that Coach Narduzzi obviously would like to see roaming the Spartan secondary. You can be sure he will be in frequent contact with Hester throughout the recruiting process. The fact that the Spartans have developed a reputation of being an elite defense is what attracts players like Hester to Michigan State University. The Spartans are looking to win double-digit games and play on Jan 1st for the 3rd straight season. If that happens, look for Hester as well as several other high-level 2014 defensive prospects to have the Spartans on the short list of potential destinations.


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