Kiy Hester, S, Rutgers #23

6002, 208, 4.52

Notes: From Plainfield, NJ. Originally committed to Rutgers out of high school, then decommitted and signed with Miami (Fla.), where he never played a game. Transferred to Rutgers and redshirted in 2014. Played in 10 games with 7 starts at safety, notching 36 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT and 6 PBU in 2015. Played in 8 games with 4 starts at safety, totaled 52 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1 sack and 3 PBU in 2016. Played in 11 games with 8 starts at strong safety, was slowed by injuries some, yet made 37 tackles, 3 INT (for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns) and 10 PBU in 2017. Left the team in December with intentions to transfer to Florida International as a graduate transfer in May, but having not yet completed his degree at Rutgers, he ultimately scrapped his plans for FIU and returned to the Scarlet Knights for 2018.

Positives: Good size-speed ratio. Very good straight-line speed and range. Shows good recognition skills and breaks on the ball. Effective moving forward and closing. Strong, physical tackler.

Negatives: Because of his circuitous path during his college career, he will face legitimate questions about his dedication to the game. A little stiff on the turn-and-go.

Summary: Talented prospect with hybrid safety/nickel corner skills.

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