Last weekend, Spring Valley (WV) 2019 four-star offensive lineman Doug Nester got another look at Virginia Tech, for its win over Boston College. The trip was Nester’s third visit in the past six months.
Nester, who has offers from the Hokies, along with Tennessee, West Virginia and Marshall, is still getting a feel for all of his options. And Virginia Tech has become a prime option thus far.
Nester was also in Blacksburg for a spring practice in April and participated in the Hokies’ July 17 camp, where he earned an offer. Saturday, though, marked his first game experience at Lane Stadium.
“I thought the atmosphere was insane,” Nester said. “Just how the crowd reacts to the players is crazy. It’s just a crazy experience. I was definitely getting video. Being the first time for that, that was insane.”
For his most recent trip, Nester travelled with his brother in law. Nester said they talked throughout the game and on their trip home about the game.
“They played great,” he said. “They couldn’t have done any better. They just played fantastic and the scoreboard pretty much showed that. They blocked really well. They kept the quarterback protected, so they did a pretty good job.”
Assistant coach Vance Vice has been Nester’s primary contact with Virginia Tech. They reconnected a bit during his visit.
“I talked to Coach Vice a little before the game and a little afterward,” Nester said. “We were just talking about, he kept up with our high school game the night before. We talked about that, Riley (Locklear) and everything.”
Overall, Nester said he’s been impressed with what he’s seen first-hand and learned about with the Hokies.
“I think it’s a great place,” he said. “Everything I’ve seen so far is great. I like the way they coach. Really, I like the way they coach a lot.”
But Virginia Tech is far from his only option. Nester has yet to visit any other schools this season, but said he plans on visiting Tennessee Oct. 15 and possibly West Virginia next weekend.
Locklear, Nester’s teammate, committed to the Volunteers in July and has been telling Nester plenty about Tennessee. But for now, Nester is still wide open in his recruitment.
“I’m just looking forward to talking it all in, just enjoying it all right now,” Nester said of his upcoming visits. “Riley is kinda letting me do my own thing. He told me that he doesn’t think I’m gonna find a better place than Tennessee, though.”
And in the meantime, Nester said he’s working more on getting himself into the best possible shape he can. Spring Valley is 3-1 on the season, following a move by Nester.
“I’m still wanting to improve each and every week,” he said. “I have so far. I just need to improve my game all around. Footwork is the main thing since I moved to guard a few weeks ago. I’m getting the handle of that still.”