Ohio State's 2019 recruiting class is already off to a roaring start, as Huntington, West Virginia, Spring Valley five-star offensive tackle Doug Nester pledged his services to the Buckeyes on Twitter Saturday evening.
I'm committed to.... pic.twitter.com/GKHW0S4x9o— Doug Nester (@Freshie74) August 5, 2017
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Nester is considered the third-best offensive tackle and No. 36 prospect overall in the Class of 2019. He picked Ohio State over finalists Alabama, Florida, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
The Nester File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6-foot-6, 295 pounds
- Pos: OT
- School: Spring Valley (Huntington, WV)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★★
- Composite Rank: 3 (OT)
The Buckeyes offered Nester a scholarship during an unofficial visit in early March, the first of four trips to Columbus for him this offseason including the Spring Game and a one-day camp in mid-June.
"It was a really great experience getting to work with coach Stud[rawa] and working with all of the coaches," Nester told reporters gathered outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that afternoon. "[He likes my] quick feet, being strong and being able to move well."
While most prospects seem to enjoy the recruiting process, that's certainly not the case for Nester. He mentioned the traveling and extra attention as downsides to being a highly sought-after prospect.
Nevertheless, Nester capped off a week-long vacation in Cincinnati — with trips to a Reds game and Kings Island — with a trip to Columbus for Friday Night Lights in late July. There, the staff made a push for his pledge and he made the call just two weeks later.
Nester becomes first member of Ohio State's 2019 recruiting class. For comparision's sake, the Buckeyes landed their first commitment for the Class of 2018 when four-star running back Brian Snead made the call at Friday Night Lights.