Scouting Report: Kiy Hester, DB, Rutgers

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Plainfield, NJ | 6000 | 205 | 4.55E | 2019

He likes to lay the lumber and give opposing receivers something to think about when presented the opportunity. Shows smart instincts and serves as a dependable last line of defense against the run. He has emerged as a team leader and captain. A transfer from Miami due to lack of playing time and mom’s poor health. Played special teams early on in his career for the Hurricanes. The coaching staff at Rutgers toyed with the idea of also playing him on offense when he first arrived to Piscataway. He Missed four games due to injury in 2016 and another in 2017. Bloodlines: Hester’s brother, Quayshon Alexander, is a linebacker for Nebraska. There is nothing overly impressive from a physical standpoint but an overall solid player with a keen sense of awareness who is capable of competing for a backup spot at the next level. Projects as UDFA.

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2016: Played in eight games with four starts at safety … totaled 52 tackles with 6.5 for a loss … added a sack and three pass break-ups … picked up a sack at Maryland (11/26) … had seven tackles at Michigan State (11/12) … made six stops versus Indiana (11/5) … had 10 tackles with one for a loss at No. 2 Ohio State (10/1) … led the defense with 11 tackles and two pass break-ups against Iowa (9/24) … made three solo tackles and four overall versus New Mexico (9/17) … started at free safety in win over Howard (9/10) and made three stops with one for a loss … had a team-high eight tackles in the season opener at No. 14 Washington (9/3).

2015: Played in 10 games with seven starts at safety … notched 36 tackles, five pass break-ups and one interception … had three tackles and one hurry versus Nebraska (11/14) … recorded three tackles at No. 16 Michigan (11/7) … had four tackles at Wisconsin (10/31) and helped defend a pass that was intercepted … made two stops and broke up a pass versus No. 1 Ohio State (10/24) … collected five tackles in comeback win at Indiana (10/17) … had six solo stops and an interception in the end zone versus No. 4 Michigan State (10/10) … led secondary with nine tackles (one for loss) and two pass break-ups in win over Kansas (9/26) … started collegiate debut versus Washington State (9/12) and made four tackles with two pass break-ups.

2014: Transferred to Rutgers. Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer regulations, redshirted.

High School: Enrolled in September 2014 after transferring from Miami (Fla.) … coached by John McKenna at DePaul Catholic … a consensus top-10 talent in New Jersey … led team to Non-Public, Group II championship at High Point Solutions Stadium … first team all-state selection … tallied 56 tackles, five interceptions, three tackles-for-loss, one sack and 18 passes defended as senior … also added five touchdowns and 379 receiving yards on offense … as a junior at St. Joseph Regional (Montvale), made 27 catches for 501 yards and eight touchdowns, and had 34 tackles and two interceptions … a four-star recruit by multiple services … ranked the sixth-best player from New Jersey by Rivals and seventh by ESPN.com .

Personal: 
A communication major.