Virginia Tech Scouting Report: Doug Nester

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Doug Nester
Doug Nester highlights Virginia Tech’s 2019 recruiting class. (Photo via @Freshie74)

Doug Nester
Offensive Line
Spring Valley High School, Huntington, WV
6-6, 314

247: 4-star, No. 146 overall player, No. 6 offensive guard, No. 2 player in WV
Rivals: 4-star, No. 156 overall player, No. 8 offensive guard, No. 2 player in WV
ESPN: 4-star, No. 72 overall player, No. 10 offensive tackle, No. 2 player in WV

Other Power 5 offers: 17 (including Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State, Michigan State, Georgia and Florida)

Doug Nester represents one of the biggest wins, and one of the hardest fought victories, in Virginia Tech recruiting history.  The 4-star offensive lineman had been committed to Ohio State since August of 2017, but the Hokies stayed on him and managed to flip him from the Buckeyes at the end of the 2019 recruiting cycle.  Penn State and Georgia also wanted him badly in the leadup to Signing Day, but Tech won the battle.

Virginia Tech won the recruiting battle down the stretch after an in-home visit from Justin Fuente and Vance Vice went nearly six hours (Fuente had to force himself to leave around midnight because he had a 6am flight, we hear).  Most Penn State and Ohio State fans still thought they were the team to beat at that point, but they were not, and once Nester took his official visit to Virginia Tech a few days later, the deal was sealed. 

Evaluating offensive linemen is extremely