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Miami Picks Up Ex-Rutgers Commit

Monday, December 16, 2013 10:22am
By: Andrew Tie

Kiy Hester, a four-star athlete from Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic, committed to Miami on a weekend visit. 

Hester officially visited Miami with his high school teammate (and fellow Miami commit), Courtel Jenkins.

"One thing that really made me know this is the place - after the awards show we went out with the coaches, players and went bowling," Hester told CaneSport.com. "Just seeing how the coaches interact with the players I could see myself going there. I said, 'I could get used to this.'"

Miami has had success recently recruiting in the Garden State. Al Golden is farmiliar with that territory, having previously coached at Temple, Virginia, Penn State and Boston College. Last year, he brought in Kevin Olsen, Al-Quadin Muhammad, and Hunter Knighton. 

"It was just the players, the coaches being from Jersey, the family atmosphere," Hester told NJ.com. "Al-Quadin Muhammad, he played a huge role. I've known him since I was in eighth grade, so he was huge. And Courtel was, too."

ESPN has Hester ranked 196th in the ESPN300 and the No. 24 ATH in the country. He's got the ability to play some safety or linebacker with his 6-foot, 200-pound frame. 

He's a highly sought-after recruit with offers coming in from all over the country. In the ACC, that includes Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia. Other national schools that offered Hester include Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. 

He officially visited Michigan State and set up a visit to Arkansas, but he says he's now done with visits. He made his commitment official with this Instagram picture, which includes a cookie cake to celebrate. 

You can view Hester's highlights here.