Kiy Hester is 'going to play safety this year pretty much exclusively, but he has the length, speed and hip turn to play corner.' (Josh Newkirk / Scout.com)
Four-star cornerback Kiy Hester announced a top seven this week and Michigan State has made the cut for the Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional star, along with Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia. He narrowed that list from an impressive list of offers and despite stiff competition, the Spartans are right in the thick of his recruitment.
“I think MSU’s chances are good for couple reasons,” said Fox Sports NEXT national analyst Brian Dohn, who is based in New Jersey. “MSU does a good job in the East. The kids they focus on, they do a good job. He has already set an official there, so that tells you it’s a priority for him to get out and see the school. Talking to him, I think he has a good relationship with the staff and Coach Dantonio.”
As a junior, Hester caught 27 passes for 501 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 34 tackles and two interceptions. With his size (6-1, 200 pounds) and natural talents, Dohn believes he has the upside to be an impact player in college.
“He's really athletic,” Dohn said. “He runs well. He's going to play safety this year pretty much exclusively, but he has the length, speed and hip turn to play corner. But safety is where more he’s most comfortable so he can get up in the box and get physical.”
Even though his list is down to seven, Dohn believes there are a handful of programs who have a real shot, including the Green and White.
“I think Michigan State has a real good shot because of his relationship with the staff,” Dohn said. “Vanderbilt, because of academics and they had a kid going to Vandy in this year's class. Miami, because kids grow up liking Miami and the swag attitude that kids love. Rutgers is in there because of proximity and the move to the Big Ten. The big thing with Kiy is his comfort level with leaving home.”
The schools vying for his abilities are looking down the line at a kid who has all of the tools to develop into a great player once he gets into a college program.
“You've got a world of ability, and as long as he's focused and driven, he has the makings of a tremendous player in the secondary who will be physically ready to play as a freshman,” Dohn said. “It’s just a question of adjusting to everything else in college like any other kid. It’s all there, though. He’s one of the dynamic players in the state.”
Virginia WR also has MSU in top seven
Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic receiver Jamil Kamara chopped his list to seven and the Spartans made the cut along with Virginia, Vanderbilt, Miami, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. A four-star prospect, Kamara is not expected to announce his decision until the U.S. Army All-American Game in January.
Spartans offer several, including freshman WR
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School has had several major FBS prospects over the last few years, including current Spartan MacGarrett Kings. Now MSU is looking to strike there again, offering class of 2016 wide receiver Sam Bruce this week. Despite only coming out of his freshman season, the speedy 5-8, 165-pound prospect also has offers from Arkansas, Clemson, West Virginia and more.
The Spartans continue to be active in the East, offering Arlington (Va.) Yorktown safety M.J. Stewart, a three-star prospect with 13 offers including Miami, Nebraska, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Virginia, West Virginia and more. Stewart plans on making a decision this summer, potentially as soon as this month. He was named one of the top five defensive backs at the Nike Football Training Camp in Washington, D.C., by Fox Sports NEXT.
Kiy Hester profile: http://bit.ly/123StDq
Jamil Kamara profile: http://bit.ly/14DJIyp
Sam Bruce profile: http://bit.ly/192WhrC
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.