Hester: "I'm Going to be a Bruin"

Aaron Hester

The elite cornerback prospect, Aaron Hester from Compton Dominguez, had UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker in his living room for an in-home visit, and talented athlete made it clear where he was gong to college...

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Aaron Hester came back from his official visit to Miami this weekend, thoroughly impressed with what the Canes staff showed him.

"It was cool, they showed me a good time," said Hester. "Kayne Farquharson was my host. They were trying to get me to go there."

But Hester had other ideas.

"After taking these visits, it all turns out that I'm going to be a Bruin," said Hester.

Hester was the third player to commit to UCLA, doing so back in March, but as his stock grew, so did other schools' interest in him. He started visiting other schools while always maintaining his loyalty to UCLA. Then came the news he got when he was in Miami earlier this month at the O-D All-American Game.

"I was down there when I heard that Coach (DeWayne) Walker was staying. That sealed the deal for me," said Hester.

Hester said that Miami probably had the best chance to land his signature other than UCLA, but UCLA's proximity to home played a bigger factor.

"Everywhere else that was recruiting me, I had the same opportunity to play as I would have at UCLA," said Hester. "But I don't have to travel to play. I can stay right here at home."

On Tuesday night, Hester welcomed Walker and new UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel into his house for an in-home visit.

"I like Coach Neuheisel a lot. He's real clear and he's got a plan for us. And I believe in what he says," said Hester. "He and Coach Walker said they want me to come up in there and play hard and I'll have a chance to start the first game against Fresno State."

The lone incumbent in the Bruin secondary is Alterraun Verner, a lifelong friend of Hester, and the two have long talked about playing together in college. "We talked about this when we were younger, about playing on the same college team. He'd call me every once in an while to make sure I was solid. And now it's all coming together," said Hester.

Hester said he's been going to work on the rest of UCLA's soft verbals, hoping to get them to solidify their commitments to the Bruins. "That's what I'm thinking right now, get everyone back on board. We have a real chance to turn a few heads," said Hester. "I'm glad this thing (recruiting) is winding down and I know where I'm going. I'm going to train my hardest and get ready and get there in the summer."

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