Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher High School defensive end Aaron Hester became the fourth prospect to commit to Florida State’s 2022 recruiting class on Thursday. Osceola football and recruiting analysts Charles Fishbein and Patrick Burnham share their thoughts on what type of player FSU coach Mike Norvell and his staff are getting in the 6-foot-3 and 220-pound edge rusher.
Charles Fishbein: Hester is very violent with his hands. You will see him just bully the guy in front of him. He has some power in his lower body. You watch him come off the ball and his only goal is to get to the quarterback. Hester does a very good job of getting the offensive tackle off balance and then making a counter move. He also can run very well. If he can show any ability to drop into coverage, Hester will make a great OLB/Rush end. You watch how he bends and stays low off the ball. FSU needs guys who can rush the passer and that is what players like Hester can do. His short area burst is quite impressive. Hester is a guy who should contribute right away on special teams before becoming a starter in year 2.
Patrick Burnham: The first thing that stands out to me is how hard he plays. He pursues the ball relentlessly. He has violent hands and does a great job of playing with leverage and not allowing the pass blocker to get into his numbers. Also very good at getting off blocks. Looks to understand his responsibility within the defense that has been called, take care of that responsibility and then go and make a play. I think his skill set and athleticism are a little more suited for the weakside defensive end (FOX) position than some of the prospects signed in Norvell’s first two recruiting classes. I am not sure he is as quick off the ball as some of the ends they signed this year but looks very powerful, strong. Has quick feet. Hester is solidly but together and with some added size is a player that could play as many as three positions on the defensive front, especially in passing situations.
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