Penn Hills DT Treyvon Hester is one of the best in the 2012 class
by Wade Perry
Posted May 3, 2011 2:49 am
The 2012 football recruiting class is loaded with some studs from the state of Pennsylvania and today FinestPreps.com gets to unveil yet another prospect from the Keystone State!
Who’s the big behemoth that we got to catch up with?
None other than Penn Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.) defensive tackle Treyvon Hester (pictured above far left).
Being the teammate of explosive playmaker Corey Jones certainly hasn’t hurt Hester in the recruiting process but he’s made a name for himself with his impressive highlight tape below.
Hester is super quick off the line of scrimmage and is incredibly strong–pushing opposing offensive linemen aside with ease.
When a running back is carrying the rock up the middle in Hester’s direction–he’s usually swallowed up by the 6’3, 275 pounder in a hurry.
The behemoth defensive lineman is not only ultra-talented on the defensive side of the ball but he has a strong passion for playing on the offensive line as well–he loves to pull out on the edge and flatten defenders in space.
He was recently named the MVP for the offensive line position at the Penn State Nike Camp this past weekend in State College, Pa.
A true historian of the game of football–its easy to see how much Hester loves the game when speaking with him over the phone.
FinestPreps.com caught up with the gifted defensive tackle/offensive lineman recently to talk about his college football recruitment process.
Below is the interview.
FinestPreps.com Interview with Penn Hills DT Treyvon Hester
FinestPreps.com: Talk about the college football recruitment process and how it’s going for you.
Treyvon Hester: “It’s fun right now because you get to ride around and see what colleges really like you and all of that. So it’s fun right now until it gets serious–which it will eventually.”
FinestPreps.com: What schools have officially offered you a scholarship so far, Treyvon?
Treyvon Hester: “Well I’ve only got three–Toledo, Kansas, and Kent State. But hopefully I should have more coming. If not this summer–I’ve just gotta go for it this season. The offers should come.”
FinestPreps.com: What about favorites for you at this point? Are there any teams that stand out to you at this point?
Treyvon Hester: “Well the hometown team–the Pitt Panthers are the hometown team and it’s always a kids dream to play for the hometown team, be under the lights, and have your family down at Heinz Field watching one of your games. I honestly like Toledo too because I got to go up there. I had a teammate that played down there a couple of years ago named Archie Donald. He was definitely a beast up there. There’s a lot of colleges out there so right now those are my top two but this summer I’m gonna go visit a lot more.”
FinestPreps.com: What colleges are you planning on visiting Treyvon?
Treyvon Hester: “Kent State had called me so I would like to go visit Kent State. Cincinnati too–Cincinnati–I’ve been getting a lot of letters and stuff from Cincinnati so I want to go see how their college and facility is too.”
FinestPreps.com: Talk about the new offer you got recently from Kent State, Treyvon.
Treyvon Hester: “Well I had just gotten out of practice so it was kind of crazy that I got an offer right out of practice–because they say hard work pays off. I can’t say I have been working the hardest but I’ve been getting a lot of work done. I got to talk to the recruiting coach and he said they liked my tape up there. He said they’re ready for me to come visit them and be up there at Kent State. They said they’ve got a good team, a good facility, and I know a player that just went up there last year from Woodland Hills–his name is Richard Gray.”
FinestPreps.com: Treyvon what position have teams told you they’re recruiting you as?
Treyvon Hester: “Well right now all the schools are recruiting me as a defensive tackle because that’s what they saw on the highlight tape. But I can also play offensive tackle too or offensive guard. That’s what I came into high school playing–offensive guard. For me, my favorite thing was pulling, running trap plays, and just getting me outside of the five lineman so I could run around and make blocks for the running back behind me. That was the best thing for me anyway so I can also play offensive line in college if I choose to.”
FinestPreps.com: Do you have a preference, Treyvon as to where you want to play?
Treyvon Hester: “Well no. Me, I could play anywhere on the field because I’ve gotta also play defensive end for defense. Wherever the best fit is for me when I get to college. Whatever the best position is for me so I can make the team better because that’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to do–make the team better. Hopefully they pick the right position for me to play for them. I do like offensive line anyways because that’s how I got started in high school.”
FinestPreps.com: Treyvon, what’s the biggest thing you’re trying to improve on as a football player headed into next season?
Treyvon Hester: “Football wise–I can improve on my footwork, probably my speed, and going hard every play. For me to make me the best football player out here, I’m gonna have to work on my schoolwork. That will make me a complete student athlete if I start really hitting the books like a real student athlete. Because I really know I can be one of the best out here but that’s what’s holding me back.”
FinestPreps.com: Football role models, Treyvon. What football role models did you have growing up?
Treyvon Hester: “I had a lot–my father–he got me playing football at the age of four. I’ve basically been in football my whole life. I played for the Wilkinsburg recreation department. That is a young age but that also showed me a lot of discipline, showed me how to carry myself through life, and made me a lot tougher. We were always the team to beat and the coaches down there taught me how to really be tough, how to be a good team player, and taught me sportsmanship. So I would like to say all my coaches down there at Wilkinsburg really were big sports role models for me. I just want to thank them.”
FinestPreps.com: What about your favorite football player growing up?
Treyvon Hester: “Oh man–it’s gotta be the Steelers.”
FinestPreps.com: Who’s your favorite football player of all-time?
Treyvon Hester: “That’s a hard one because I am just a die-hard football fan anyway. I watch the NFL Network and I can just sit there and watch that all night. I can watch Gale Sayers run back a punt return, cut through the field, and shake four or five people. Watch Jack Ham get a pick and take it to the house from 34 yards out. That’s just the type of guy I am. I like all the legends–you can say that. Because that’s what I want to be when I grow up–I want to be a legend.”
Whatever the choice he plays at the next level–one thing is for sure with Hester–he’s going to make his position a tough choice for the college coaches recruiting him!
Keep it locked to FinestPreps.com for more on the gifted two-way player!
Wade Peery is the senior writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out the defensive highlights of Hester’s junior season below–courtesy of FinestPreps.com!