One of the premier prospects the state of Oklahoma has to offer is strongly considering the Texas Longhorns after recently releasing some major news regarding his recruitment.
On Monday afternoon, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington wide receiver Javian Hester narrowed the focus in his recruitment going forward, providing a list of his top 10 programs. Alongside the Longhorns, he named Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, and Ole Miss.
Where I’m from it was dream...now I made it happen. #MyTopTen— JJ⁸Hester ⏳ (@JJHester_8) March 25, 2019
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“Texas is in my top 10 because of the coaches,” Hester said of why Texas made his top list. “Coach Herman and Coach Mehringer, those guys are very funny and cool, I like being around them. Also, Texas loves to throw the ball, especially to big receivers like me; so I think I’d fit in perfectly. I also love the facilities. They have everything I need to improve my game and make me a dominant force.”
The four-star wideout was present for Texas’ Junior Day in February, and while on that trip he was approached by wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer when he was granted an opportunity to be a part of the Longhorn program.
“Coach Mehringer offered me,” Hester said. “He pulled me to the side, asked me how I liked Texas and all that, I told him I liked them and then he offered me.”
When BON spoke with Hester earlier this month, he expressed that Texas was the program standing out the most among his 18 offers ensuing a mesmerizing visit to the Forty Acres. Hester is almost certain that he will be back down to Austin before the spring is over.
“I really liked it down there,” Hester expressed. “They really had everything that I was looking for. I’m going to go back down there for either the spring game or a practice.”
The Longhorns have recent history with recruiting the wide receiver position in Oklahoma, as they were once slated to land one of the state’s elite prospects in Nebraska signee Demariyon Houston last recruiting cycle. To land a player like Hester and make his commitment stick until the end, coach Mehringer will be a pivotal piece in recruiting the Oklahoma preps standout.
“Right now coach [Mehringer] is just trying to get me to feel comfortable there,” Hester said.
Hester is a prospect who’s armed with quintessential attributes you want in a receiver that is going into his senior year of high school. He’s still a raw prospect as an overall wideout, but he is athletic and dynamic enough to be effective anywhere on the field. Hester played both sides of the ball during his third year of high school football, but he is confident in his ability to be an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands at the next level.
“I can do everything,” Hester said. “I can do a little of this, I can do a little of that. I can play both ways. I can do a little bit of Tyreek Hill and I can be like Julio Jones if you want me to.”
Although Hester excels all over the field in high school, he wants to improve his game at wide receiver as he prepares for the collegiate level.
“I definitely want to get my routes better and really everything,” Hester said. “But I’m going to work on getting my routes better and work on getting off press man.”
He’s currently one of just seven uncommitted wide receiver prospects with a Texas offer, alongside others such as five-star Calabasas (Calif.) star Johnny Wilson, Sugar Land Fort Bend Austin standout Troy Omeire, and former Texas pledge and Saint Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic product Mookie Cooper.
At 6’4, 185 pounds, Hester is ranked as the nation’s No. 129 player, and as the No. 23 wide receiver, per the 247Sports Composite.