Four-star 2016 guard Eric Hester (Oldsmar, FL), a talented backcourt player and elite defender, committed to the Florida Gators on Friday.
Hester (6-foot-3, 175 pounds), whose commitment was announced by his school on Twitter, is rated as the 127th player in the nation in the 247Sports Composite, 89th overall by Rivals.
“Proud to finally be a Gator,” Hester later tweeted from his own account.
Originally offered by Florida back in June 2014, it was not until a string of visits this spring and summer that Hester ultimately decided to make a pledge for the Gators and their new head coach, Michael White.
As such, he is the first high school player from whom White has gained a commitment while coach at Florida, though White did lock up three of four members in the Gators’ 2015 recruiting class upon his arrival in Gainesville.
Hester, an athletic defender and creative offensive player who must still refine his shot, chose Florida primarily over an offer from Louisville, though he had also strongly considered Florida State, South Florida and Virginia Tech at different times.
He is now the only member of the Gators’ 2016 recruiting class, which saw its only prior commitment, three-star power forward John Mooney, rescind his pledge on Thursday.
Hester has plans to take his official visit to Florida in early September.