Running Back | 5'9 | 180
Fletcher HS | Neptune Beach, Fla.
Fletcher Head Coach Josh Corey
"Mitchell was a game-changer for us. His ability between the tackles was excellent, but it's his elusiveness outside the tackles that make him special. And despite not being a huge guy, Mitchell is a durable back.
"Mitchell is a great football player, and has been a great leader for this team. He's a focused young man and a team guy. It's not all about him, it's more about the team.
"He needs to get bigger and stronger, and really immerse himself in Vanderbilt's scheme and playbook, but he's the kind of guy that's going to do everything it takes to succeed."
Selected Vanderbilt over Iowa State, Maryland, Rutgers, South Florida, Central Florida, Virginia
High School Three-year starter at RB for 5A Jacksonville metro power... As senior, named team's Offensive MVP, rushing for 1,380 yards and 21 TDs... Named Associated Press 5A All-State RB, All-First Coast and All-Gateway Conference... Named to Jacksonville Times-Union "Super 24" team... Had more than 1,925 rushing yards and 19 TDs as junior... Topped the 4,000-yard mark in career rushing yards, ranking third all-time at school... Earned four varsity letters, helping Fletcher to 36-8 record... Sprints in track, with 100-meter PR of 10.65.
Mitchell Bernard Hester... Son of Diane Lewis and Ron Hester... Born July 27, 1992... Mom is a pastor and child care operator; dad is defensive coach at Fletcher, a former All-America LB at Florida State, and veteran of the Miami Dolphins... Has a brother, Aaron, and three sisters: Adriannia, Diannia and Ashlee... Assists at mom's daycare center... Involved in church activities in hometown... Enjoys hanging out with friends.