Doug Nester Flips to Virginia Tech

Doug Nester
Doug Nester, shown here at Virginia Tech in 2017, has signed with Virginia Tech. (Photo by Jason Stamm)

Highly-touted four-star offensive lineman Doug Nester, who has been committed to Ohio State since August of 2017, has signed instead with Virginia Tech. The news was reported by Grant Taylor of the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch.

SV’s Doug Nester, once committed to Ohio State, will flip to Virginia Tech – Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch

For the full article, click the link. Nester told Grant Taylor, “I love it there. It’s almost like a small little Huntington away from all the bad stuff. It’s a great place to live and there’s a really great group of guys coming in. I just feel like they work hard and know what to do.”

Nester received his Virginia Tech offer in July of 2016, and he verbaled to Ohio State approximately 18 months ago. But with Urban Meyer’s retirement, Nester reopened his recruiting. His top choices other than Ohio State were Penn State and Virginia Tech, and the Hokies won out.

Nester has already signed with the Hokies as of the time of this writing, and he will hold a signing ceremony at 5 PM. His LOI rounds out a strong offensive line recruiting class for Virginia Tech:

 Doug Nester
 Bryan Hudson
 Will Pritchard
 Jesse Hanson

Nester and Bryan Hudson rank No. 1 and No. 5 respectively of all offensive line recruits in Virginia Tech history, per the 247 Composite rankings, and both had a huge number of major offers from schools around the country.

Nester: No. 108 nationally, offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, Georgia, and others.

Hudson: No. 197 nationally, offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, and others.

Virginia Tech is also recruiting Coastal Carolina offensive lineman Brock Hoffman, who has entered the transfer portal and would be eligible to play in 2019.

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  1. I have a feeling that the personality
    and recruiting charm and style lies
    within the staff…JF doesn’t seem to
    me to be a bundle of personality..
    I guess this is stating the obvious,
    but I wanted to state it!

  2. Y E S , S I R ! , , , Y E S ! S I R !

    welcome Mr. Nester;
    and Mr. and Mrs. Nester.
    it’s a much shorter trip to the ‘burg than tohios.

    Go Hokies!

  3. So, if Nester and Hudson are ranked #1 and #5 in VT OL recruiting history, who are the other 3?

    I’m assuming one was Tripp Carroll, who busted.
    Aaron Brown? (Bust)

    1. Render? Also the other guard that we got from Georgia but ended up with knee issues (sorry, memory gone).

    1. If you omit last year which was complete devastation of talent and experience mainly on defense, Fuente and his staff have brought a new excitement to Blacksburg. Casting a much larger net for recruits than FB did. Defensive players have always liked our agressive scheme and special teams success. Offensively, Vince Vice is apparently an excellent, passionate recruiter who is showing love and excitement to these kids. Hey, I would choose Blacksburg Virginia over Columbus Ohio any day of the week!
      Go Hokies!!!

  4. Absolutely thrilled over this recruit. I’ve been waiting for years to see us with a really great OL. This is a huge catch and we welcome him with open arms to the Hokie Nation!!!!! Welcome Home Doug!!!!

    1. How about just being competitive with the costal champion for starters?. And not losing to Miami by 28.

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