2019 four-star offensive lineman Doug Nester goes over early recruiting options.

Big offensive lineman Doug Nester has grabbed some early attention from the Hokies and others, but what stands out to him?

            He goes by the nickname, ‘Dougie Fresh.’ And the way Spring Valley (WV) 2019 four-star offensive lineman Doug Nester has jumped onto the recruiting scene, he’s become a fresh, hot commodity for schools.

            Nester now has four offers, from Virginia Tech, Tennessee, West Virginia and Marshall. He’s taken in visits and camps elsewhere, too and more offers are certainly on the way.

            There’s no rush for Nester, but as he continues to improve on the field and gets deeper into his recruitment, he continues to have a few characteristics on his check list.

            “I’m just kinda seeing how it goes right now,” he said. “I look mostly academic-wise and if I’ll fit in on the team, really. Just the atmosphere, if I’ll like it there or not.”


            This summer was a busy one for Nester. He visited Penn State and Tennessee with his teammate, Riley Locklear, who’s committed to the Volunteers. He also camped at Virginia Tech, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio State and Marshall to get an idea of some of his options.

            “I just noticed the facilities all these places have,” Nester said. “I’m used to Huntington, WV and I’m not used to seeing these big facilities. It shocked me to see how nice everything was.”

            The Hokies have become a strong early option for Nester. He camped in Blacksburg July 17 and was offered at the end of the camp by coach Justin Fuente.

            “I really like it there, honestly,” Nester said. “It’s in a nice place and has great coaches there. I love it. I went earlier to one of their spring practices and then at camp.”        

            Nester said he’s maintained a steady relationship with assistant coach Vance Vice. Because of his age, though, he’s restricted in his contact to this point. But Nester said he likes what he’s seen and heard.

            “They just told me how the plays worked and everything,” he said. “The most important thing there is academics. Just growing up as a person as well is also big.”

            Locklear’s pledge has played a role in why Tennessee also sits in good position thus far. Nester said he’s also developed a good bond with assistant coach Don Mahoney.

            “Just his personality and the way he coaches is great,” Nester said. “Just the atmosphere and everything there is fantastic. It’s a really great place to play and the academic support is crazy.”

            No visit dates have been set, but Nester said he plans to visit Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Tennessee this fall. At the same time, he said he hopes to build on the foundation he already has, both on and off the field.

            “I feel like we really have a chance to make a run into the playoffs,” Nester said. “I definitely need to improve more and right now, I think it’s where it needs to be. I like my run-blocking. I just need to get down my pass-blocking.”

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