Safety Kiy Hester’s tenure as a Miami Hurricane did not last long.
The freshman announced on Thursday he would be transferring to Rutgers which will bring him closer to his mother who is dealing with an undisclosed illness.
A one time Rutgers commit, the New Jersey native changed his mind after disagreements with the coaching staff over the possibility of visiting other schools.
He committed to Miami last December and ultimately signed with the Hurricanes in February.
Hester told Nj.com that he wish he would have stuck with his commitment to Rutgers.
“I feel like I shouldn’t have done that,” said Hester. “I just took it as a pride thing. I should have just put my pride aside.”
Head coach Kyle Flood is excited about what the future holds for the newest member for the football program.
“Kiy is a player that we recruited and was committed at one point earlier in the recruiting process,” stated Flood. “To have him back in our program, I feel the same way today that I felt the first time he had committed in the beginning. Kiy is somebody who is the right type of person for Rutgers. Sometimes when a player goes away if they want to come back it’s not always the right fit. That’s not the case right now because Kiy is the perfect fit. He is exactly the kind of person we want in this program.”
Hester will be allowed to practice with the team but will not be eligible to play until next season. He will have four years of eligibility remaining and may face his former team down the road when Rutgers plays Miami in 2018.
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