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Caleb Lester

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Douglass’ Lester plays big, looks for solid offers

4:50 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2008

After his stellar performance against AJC Super 11 member Branden Smith of Washington last week, Douglass cornerback Caleb Lester hopes more recruiters take notice. Smith, one of the nation’s fastest and most sought after recruits at defensive back and receiver, torched the Astros for a 68-yard touchdown reception on Washington’s first possession. Douglass’ defensive staff then made the move to have Lester cover Smith one-on-one the rest of the night. With negligible safety help over the top, Lester broke up three passes intended for Smith while giving up just one reception late in the game, which the Astros won, 27-16. “He is really fast, and to me, it’s harder to play off of a fast receiver,” Lester said. “So I decided to press him, get physical with him. I wasn’t nervous. I took it as a challenge, and I went out and did my thing.” Lester (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has yet to receive his first offer, although he is being recruited by Auburn, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi State, where he ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds at the Bulldogs’ camp over the summer. He has been invited to take an unofficial visit to an Auburn home game this season. “I hope this gets me a little more attention and exposure,” Lester said. “[Smith] is a great player. Everybody has him ranked pretty high, but I think I did a pretty good job on him.”

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