Ohio State is having a great weekend, now with news out of the 2019 class. Saturday afternoon the ‘19 OT Doug Nester of Spring Valley (WV) made his announcement via Twitter to play for the Buckeyes — something that’s been widely expected for weeks.
Nester is a 6-foot-5, 295-pounder that is currently classified as a five-star prospect in his class. Additionally, the Huntington, West Virginia native is penciled in as the 36th best player in next years cycle, as well as the third highest ranked offensive tackle and the very best player in the Mountain State.
Despite the fact that Nester ended things relatively early for someone that doesn’t have to sign until February of 2019, the newest Ohio State pledge still garnered over 15 offers before shutting things down today. With that being said, the primary competition for the Buckeyes in the race for Nester's commitment was Alabama, Florida, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. Those were the five schools that were named in his top group that he released in June but ultimately, it would be Ohio State who separated itself from the pack.
The lead recruiter for the Buckeyes in their pursuit was offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and those efforts clearly paid dividends. Now, Nester will assume the lead role for the 2019 recruiting class.
The addition of Nester, their lone commit at this time, powers the Scarlet and Gray up to 15th overall in the 2019 Team Rankings just above Kentucky and right behind Pac-12 powerhouse USC. It also gives them the second best class in the Big Ten for the time being with the Iowa Hawkeyes and their four commits sitting atop the conference.
To see what Nester will bring to Columbus, check out the newest Ohio State pledge in action below, courtesy of Hudl: