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Ohio State was a always a dream for Doug Nester, a class of 2019 offensive guard from Huntington (W. Va.) Spring Valley, so meeting coach Urban Meyer and receiving an offer during a recent visit was monumental.
However, it does not close the door on Nester's recruitment.
"I don't know, honestly, when (a decision will be made)," Nester said.
Although Nester remains open to a number of schools, it was clear the Ohio State visit earlier this month was significant.
"The place is awesome. I love it," Nester said. "That is one of my favorite schools, ever since I was little. That's what you shoot for as a little kid, your favorite school. Now that I have the opportunity to play there, it's crazy."
Nester's affinity for Ohio State dates back to the coach Jim Tressel days, and meeting Meyer was special.
"Honestly, it was just insane," Nester said. "You see them on t.v. all the time and you think they are this crazy, out-of-this-world person, but you get to know them and they are just an every day person. I grew up watching him on t.v. at Florida, and then he goes to my favorite team and I'm rooting for him. It is crazy."
The visit also allowed Nester to spend time with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
"He's a very intense guy," Nester said. "He is also straight with you. He will tell you the truth."
Although Spring Valley is in Marshall country within the state, West Virginia has a presence everywhere and Nester felt it growing up.
In making a recent visit to campus, Nester felt an immediate connection.
"Watching them and with them being all over the place, and it's really close to home and it's not too bad of a drive, a lot of people get to see you there," Nester said. "The staff is really great there, too. It's a great place.
"I love the offensive line coach, coach (Joe) Wickline. He's a great dude. All the coaches there are friendly. It's just a friendly environment."
During a trip to Louisville, a focal point was the new facilities being built.
"It's really nice there," he said. "They're upgrading all their facilities. It is really nice, and the academic center is fantastic. That was really something."
The closest school among Nester's recent visits is Virginia Tech, and the work coach Justin Fuente did in his first season caught his attention.
"I want to be a computer engineer, and their engineering facility stood out greatly," Nester said. "The campus is beautiful. It's all made out of that Hokie stone everywhere. It's beautiful.
"You have to take notice (of the staff's success). First year in, you're almost already winning the ACC championship. You have to show some respect for that. That's hard to do, especially against a Clemson team."