By: Bob Redd
Editor: J.T. Powell
Devin Lester is a champion and a team player. A slot receiver on the Virginia Group 2A state champion Graham G-Men (Bluefield, Va.) in 2018, Lester is moving to quarterback for the 2019 season, but the athlete is drawing attention from colleges for his skills as a receiver.
During the 2018 campaign he amassed more than 1,800 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns and that was enough to catch the eye of Old Dominion University, who recently gave Lester his first offer.
“I had been talking to the coaches for a little while, and when I got up there they were super nice,” Lester said. “They’re a great school to go to and they felt like I could be a part of their team and I would be a good fit with their team.”
Lester has also had inquiries from Wake Forest, Virginia, Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State. He doesn’t have any campus visits planned at the current time and he plans to attend camps this summer at Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Reflecting on Graham’s state championship Lester said, “It was a great feeling. We knew it hadn’t happened in a while and we felt like we were the best team to do it. Every practice we just worked hard and didn’t let anybody goof off. We had good leadership.”
Lester drew inspiration on the football field from a family member who played football.
“My cousin, Corey Coppola played D1 football at Davidson, that’s who I really looked up to,” Lester said. “He gave me tips and stuff about the game. He didn’t play the same position as me, but he knew more than I did and he helped me a lot.”
In the classroom Lester carries a 3.8 GPA. He recently took the SA and he would like to major in sports medicine once he enters college.
As for the upcoming season he has some objectives for the Graham High G-Men.
“Our goal is just to work harder than we did last year even though we won a state championship,” Lester said. “I think we have to get our leaders lined up and do pretty much everything we did last year and do it better and possibly win another state championship.
“I think our team is a family and it’s not about one player. It’s about the whole team. I think that’s what helps us out a lot.”
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