After beating out Ohio State for OT Walker Culver last year, Virginia Tech entered the final weeks of this recruiting cycle hoping to make it back-to-back classes that they beat out Ohio State down the stretch for an offensive lineman. The challenge this time was tougher with the Hokies pursuing four-star OL Doug Nester who was actively committed to Ohio State.
However, Virginia Tech was more than up for the challenge even as Ohio State and Penn State were in hot pursuit of Nester as well.
BREAKING: As National Signing Day gets underway, Spring Valley 4-star OL prospect Doug Nester @Freshie74 confirmed that he will sign with Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
— Grant Traylor (@GrantTraylor) February 6, 2019
— Hokies Football 🦃 (@HokiesFB) February 6, 2019
Four-star OL Doug Nester has flipped his commitment from Ohio State to Virginia Tech. Nester is the Hokies’ fourth offensive line commit of their 2019 class alongside four-star OL Bryan Hudson, three-star OL Jesse Hanson, and three-star OL William Pritchard. He is also the first commit from the state of West Virginia in Virginia Tech’s 2019 class.
To say this is a massive flip for Virginia Tech would probably still be understating what may be the biggest flip the Hokies have ever pulled off. Nester’s decision to not sign with Ohio State was the first sign that both Virginia Tech and Penn State could make a run, but the Hokies sealed the deal over the weekend with an official visit that went exceptionally well and moved the Hokies from nearly becoming an after-thought to being the clear favorite to sign him.
Nester’s size gives him the versatility to play either guard or tackle, something that Vance Vice values highly beyond the talent that Nester brings to the table. While it is not normal for a true freshman to start, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Nester in the battle to replace Braxton Pfaff at right guard especially after Christian Darrisaw started as a true freshman this past season, showing how the Hokies are more than willing to give young offensive linemen a shot.
Doug Nester in the Recruiting Rankings
Nationally, Nester is ranked as the 72nd best recruit by ESPN, 106th best by the 247 Sports Composite, 146th best by 247 Sports, and 156th best by Rivals. Positionally, Nester is ranked as the sixth best offensive guard by 247 Sports and the 247 Sports Composite, eighth best offensive guard by Rivals, and tenth best offensive tackle by ESPN.
Nester is also ranked as the second best recruit in the state of West Virginia by all four major recruiting rankings.
Doug Nester’s Offer List (According to 247 Sports)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia
- Big 10: Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State
- Big 12: West Virginia
- Pac-12: Oregon
- SEC: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
- AAC: Cincinnati
- Conference USA: Marshall