Aaron Hester takes multiple trips to FSU following dead period

The dead period has been over for almost two weeks and prospects have been rolling into Florida State every day to meet with the coaching staff. One of the first to experience the Seminoles campus without dead period restrictions in place was 2022 defensive end commit Aaron Hester.

Hester, along with an exclusive group of fellow commitments and top targets, attended the midnight madness event last Tuesday. The event included a tour of Doak Campbell Stadium, a photoshoot at the Westcott fountain, rides in the Slingshot, and more.

“It was really fun, it was really fun,” Hester said. “We got to see coach Norvell and his excitement as soon as it hit midnight. The presentation was nice with the games, the pictures, and the tours of campus. I really enjoyed it.”

“It was really cool,” Hester continued. “Coach Norvell said he didn’t want to wait until the morning, he wanted to do something special and it was special.”

Last Tuesday was the first time in nearly 16 months that high school prospects and college coaches were allowed to interact in person. For Hester, it was the first time he had ever been face to face with the staff he committed to in January.

“It’s like night and day between phone calls and actually meeting people in person,” Hester said. “It gives a whole different overview of the program between digital stuff and face to face.”

The Florida native lives about three hours from Tallahassee and he took advantage of the short travel time during the first week of campus opening back up. Following his Tuesday visit, Hester returned to FSU on Wednesday and Saturday.

“I came back on Wednesday and I came back on Saturday,” Hester said. “I enjoyed it a lot, I had to get back up.”

Hester participated in the Elite Camp on Saturday where he got the chance to work with defensive ends coach John Papuchis and defensive line coach Odell Haggins. He enjoyed learning from them and competing.

“I feel like I did well,” Hester said. “I did pretty well on my pass-rush reps and my drills. Coach JP said I looked good, still some stuff to work on, so did coach Haggins. Overall, man, I just had a lot of fun being out there with them and the other guys.”

One thing we have seen get a lot of attention from recruits is the photoshoots FSU is doing during visits. Hester doesn’t think any other schools can keep up right now.

“I think we got the hardest ones out right now,” Hester said. “The uniforms, the way it’s set up, the design, everything.”

The Fletcher High School product is feeling great about his commitment to the Seminoles after his three visits in five days. His meetings with the coaches went well and he liked the attention to detail. They see him as a FOX defensive end.

“It makes me feel great,” Hester said. “Like I said, it’s night and day between phone calls and face to face interaction. So, it makes me feel good.”

Though schools such as South Carolina and Mississippi State have continued to pursue him, Hester currently doesn’t have any other visits set up other than a return trip to Florida State on June 19 with his mom.

The 6-foot-3, 221-pound defensive end is ranked as the No. 452 overall prospect, the No. 24 EDGE, and the No. 64 recruit in the state of Florida in the 2022 class. Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Hester as his senior season approaches.

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