HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WCHS-TV/WVAH) — Doug Nester could've played football at any school in America. When it came down to Signing Day, he inked his name with Virginia Tech.
"The atmosphere and players," Nester said on why he picked VT. "I got along with the people and coaches very well."
But for most of his high school career, he only wanted to play for one program, Ohio State. He verbally committed to the Buckeyes in 2017.
Then Urban Meyer stepped down.
Nester reopened his commitment, and Virginia Tech came calling.
"I grew up an Ohio State fan," Nester said. "That was the goal. It was really hard to say no there, a place like that. It was a very hard decision but I'm glad I made the right choice."
Virginia Tech recruited Nester for years, offering the lineman a full-ride after his freshman season.
Even though Nester told the team he wanted to be a Buckeye almost two years ago, the Hokie staff stayed in contact just in case.
"It made it easy for them to stay in the process," Nester said. "It made the choice easier."
West Virginia University made a last-second push once Neal Brown was hired.
But Nester said it was hard for WVU to cover enough ground in three weeks compared to the three years Virginia Tech had.
"They came too late to the game," Nester said. "If they game earlier it might've been different."
While playing for Spring Valley, the program had unprecedented success, reaching the state championship game three-straight seasons.
Wolves head coach Brad Dingess says Nester was a big reason why.
"When you get a kid who's got the tools he's got, you see how one kid can come into the locker room and change it," Dingess said.
Nester continues to play basketball for the Spring Valley and plans to throw shot put and discus; music to the ears of coach Dingess, who's also an assistant with the track and field team.
"He's infectious, so to be around for a few more months and to coach him again I feel blessed," Dingess said.
"Yup I get coach Dingess a little more," Nester said with a grin.