You’d expect defensive back Ayden Hector to be a football player. The outstanding defensive back from Bellevue, Washington who helped his high school win the Washington State 3A title is the son of Zuri Hector, who played safety at USC. Ayden’s grandfather, Willie Hector, played in the NFL and CFL. Ayden’s uncle, Byron Hector, played for Cal.
National recruiting scouter Brandon Huffman said about Ayden Hector:
“Hector is strong in man coverage with a smooth change of direction. He’s physical in run support, a plus tackle with good instincts but also the ability to transition in his backpedal with ease. Doesn’t bite on double moves and can press or playoff, but excels in man to man because of physicality. Doesn’t have elite top-end speed but plays fast. Has good bloodlines. Father, uncle, and grandfather played collegiately and grandfather played in the NFL while mother was a college soccer player. Projects as a multi-year Power 5 starter and projects as second-round NFL draft selection.”
After Ayden racked up a phenomenal record at Eastside Catholic—
Ayden didn’t allow a single touchdown through his high school career—he received offers from every school in the Pac-12, as well as Wisconsin, Alabama, Penn State, and Florida State.
But it was the Ayden Hector Stanford acceptance letter that captured the promising player’s attention.
“For me, Stanford was a real no-brainer,” Hector said in an interview with 24/7 Sports. “I had been leaning towards them for several months. But Stanford just stood out as the perfect place for me. School-wise, nobody can beat them, but you also get quality competition at the same time.”
Hector signed a letter of commitment with Stanford in December 2019. But in April 2020, Hector decommitted from the Stanford Cardinals.
Hector later reconsidered his placement and instead enrolled at Washington State University in October 2020.
A month later, Hector made PAC 12 Freshman Player of the Week vs. then-11th ranked the University of Oregon. He also went on to earn a 4.0 GPA during the spring and summer semesters. Through his hard work, he made the University President’s Honor Roll and was also nominated for the All American Bowl “Man of the Year” in 2020 for his work with homeless youth.
When he’s not training, playing football, or studying, Hector volunteers at his local food bank and B.Box, a charity that delivers birthday presents to homeless kids.