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College football: Stillwater's Jesse Vester at NEO after failing to qualify for OSU

Former Stillwater receiver Jesse Vester couldn't reach qualification for Oklahoma State, so he will play for NEO this fall. He's disappointed but excited about the opportunity he has in Miami.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 18, 2012

— Jesse Vester wishes he was back in Stillwater right now.

About that, he is honest as can be.

But the former Stillwater High standout receiver was also visibly excited Wednesday talking about his opportunity to grow as a player and student in junior college.

Vester double signed with Oklahoma State and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in February while he worked to become academic qualified for NCAA Division I football.

He couldn't quite reach qualification for OSU, so instead he'll suit up for the Norsemen this fall.

“I can't sit here and say I wasn't disappointed, because I really worked hard and did everything I could to try to qualify,” Vester said.

“But it didn't work out. There's a plan for everything, so I just have to roll with it and make the best of the situation. That's what I've tried to do.”

Vester said he's currently slated to start this fall for Northeastern A&M as the slot receiver, a position he hasn't played since his freshman year of high school and is relearning.

“I'm having a lot of fun out here getting stronger, getting faster and getting in shape,” Vester said.

When asked if his scholarship offer at Oklahoma State will still be good when he's done with junior college, Vester said he didn't know for sure.

“I was just told to come over here, take care of my business and everything will fall into place,” he said.

Vester (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), the kick returner on The Oklahoman's 2011 All-State football team, scored 15 touchdowns and had 1,125 receiving yards as a senior at Stillwater.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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