FSU commit Aaron Hester enjoys energy at spring game

Nearly all of Florida State’s current commitments across the 2022, 2023, and 2024 classes made it to Tallahassee over the weekend to check out the annual spring game. 2022 commit and three-star defensive end, Aaron Hester, was in attendance and enjoyed the energy.

“I think that everyone would agree that we [recruits and commits] had a really good time,” Hester said. “The energy was high, we were all excited to see each other and be there.”

Prior to the game, Hester was hanging around the Unconquered Statue with other FSU commits and recruits. He got a chance to speak with the latest addition to #Tribe22, running back Rodney Hill, and a high-priority target for #Tribe23, defensive back Tony Mitchell.

“First, we were talking to Rodney [Hill],” Hester said. “We were talking to him before the game. Actually, about Tribe23, we were all talking to Tony Mitchell, that’s who I talked to.”

“Obviously he’s [Hill] a good player,” Hester continued. “The kid is fast, he’s a good kid. I really just enjoyed talking to him and seeing where his head is at. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table, it’s very exciting.”

One of the standout players during the spring game was defensive end Jermaine Johnson, who racked up multiple sacks and was in the backfield all day. Hester also had his eyes on a couple of young linebackers in redshirt freshmen Stephen Dix and DJ Lundy.

“Jermaine Johnson, he looked aggressive and smooth, like he knew what he was doing,” Hester said. “He attacked, so did Derrick McClendon. Also, I was watching Stephen Dix and DJ Lundy in the middle. I was really enjoying watching the high energy on that defense and the way they attack. I’m gonna be in there one day.”

Seeing so many young guys on the field making plays is one reason why the legacy recruit committed to the Seminoles.

“That’s the reason why I committed because I feel like I can have an impact early,” Hester said. “I feel like I can have an impact early on that pass-rush, on that edge. It’s influencing man, seriously.”

Hester made sure to pay close attention to head coach Mike Norvell and the staff during the scrimmage. He came impressed with what he saw.

“Yeah, I watched them at work,” Hester said. “It was almost like a business trip for me. I think everyone there yesterday just feels the new excitement and energy for what coach Norvell and his staff have in for us. I think that’s what made yesterday so exciting, just feeling that energy buzzing around.”

Overall, the best moment for the Florida native this weekend was being around the Seminoles’ fan base. Over 10,000 fans were in the stands on Saturday for the spring game.

“I would say being around the fans, also, meeting everybody, all of the commits and recruits. Also, we got to be on the jumbotron, that was pretty cool. Just that energy that we felt, it was exciting.”

By all accounts, this weekend was a success for Florida State despite landing just one public commitment. Hester says more could be coming in the near future.

“I talk to Devin Smith [2022 LB] and Shariff Denson [2023 DB] every day, two Jacksonville cats in my city,” Hester said. “Also a 2023 kid that goes to Westside High School [2023 DT Jordan Hall]. I feel like they want to make the move but they’re waiting on something. I feel like I’m really close to Devin and Shariff, we’ve got to keep an eye on them.”

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end is currently ranked as the No. 439 overall prospect, the No. 25 WDE, and the No. 57 player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Keep up with NoleGameday for more on Hester over the summer.

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