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Hester Talks Ragin' Cajuns Football
Cajun Redzone Recruiting Writer
Posted Apr 6, 2012
The Seminary Bulldogs made a run last year deep into the Mississippi playoffs, coming just short of their ultimate goal of playing for a state championship. While the Bulldogs had many excellent players, one of the main reasons they had so much success was the strength of the offensive and defensive lines. One of the stars on those lines was Chase Hester (6'3” 260lbs).
“It was really unexpected that the coaches talked to us a lot. It was a great experience. They really stressed education and that is really important to me. All of the coaches were really nice and I like how they coach and play ball. It's all about the gridiron. The facilities really surprised me. I've never seen anything like it in my life. I'd really love to play for them. I watched almost all of the scrimmage and I loved every second of it. I loved the practice and how disciplined the coaches and players are. That's what it takes to win.”
Hester and his Bulldog teammates had a great season last year by going 12-3, but they know they can improve on that record. Chase knows that what he and his teammates must do to reach that next level.
“Last year, I had 70 tackles last year and a good many sacks as a defensive tackle. I was the starting left tackle on offense as well. We need to not only play as a team, but as a family. We have to get faster and have our young guys step up. We have to be brothers on the field and not get frustrated when we get down. I have to get faster and more speed. I need to get through the line faster on defense. I need to work on my footwork so I can get to the next level and I have to shoot my hands a lot.”
Chase has enjoyed the recruiting process and has heard from schools all over the country. Along with a pair of Louisiana teams, he's also had contact with two Ivy League schools. While he plans to take his time and let the season play out, he does report that he has an early leader.
“In addition to Louisiana, I'm hearing from Harvard, Holy Cross, Southeast Louisiana, Amherst,
, and Dartmouth. Of the schools I've heard from, UL is giving me the most attention, along with Harvard. I plan on waiting a little while before making my decision. Education is going to be a key factor. I plan on perusing coaching later in life and my education is going to be a big factor. The coaches at UL are the top school on my list right now.”
Hester understands the importance of his education and plans on weighing all of his athletic and academic options. He knows that while individual accolades look nice, he has to depend on his teammates to reach the next level. Chase is a student of the game and loves to get on the field and learn from his coaches and his fellow teammates.
“I'm looking at my education first. My parents stress my education. They talk to my coaches almost everyday because they make me keep up with my schoolwork. I also work hard in the weight room and I love when the coaches tell me what I need to improve on. When I play it's all about the team. I like to play for the team and for my teammates. I like individual recognition, but it's all about the team. I never take a play off. If someone tells me I can't do something, I will do my best to prove them wrong. I take criticism in stride and work to get better. I love to win and I want to go somewhere that we can be successful.”
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