As far as flips go for Virginia Tech, this has been the gold standard.
And while David Wilson's acrobatics may retain high honors for on-the-field moves, the Hokies' turn of offensive lineman Doug Nester is top-shelf on the recruiting trail.
"I love it there," Nester said. "It's almost like a small little Huntington away from all the bad stuff. It's a great place to live and there's a really great group of guys coming in. I just feel like they work hard and know what to do."
Nester verballed to Ohio State in August... of 2017. That was prior to Urban Meyer's retirement and the Buckeyes' regime change spurred him to keep his options open.
Nester said that he remains "committed right now" to the Buckeyes, but noted that the coaching change has prompted him to take a step back in the recruiting process and weigh all options to ensure he makes the right decision for his future.
"That's very important," Nester said. "I just feel like with all this happening, I really have to go back and check all the boxes off. I'm going to take my [official visits] to different places and see what's out there."
He made official visits to finalists Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech over the final weekends of the 2019 recruiting cycle. And in the end, the Hokies and their life and family-oriented pitch prevailed for the blue-chip's services.
Per the 247Sports Composite, Nester is rated a 4-star (0.9519) offensive guard and nationally the No. 106 prospect. The 6-6, 305 pound Spring Valley HS (Huntington, WV) product is a unanimous 4-star across the major recruiting services.
And if that's not enough distinction, Nester was selected to participate in the Opening Finals and All-American Bowl. Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess summed up his performance in the latter event.
"He played really well," said Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess, who was in attendance for the contest. "He picked up a couple pancakes and in pass pro, he didn't give up anything and [the defense] did a lot of stunts. For that stage and that level of talent, I thought he performed really well. They were very pleased with him there and he started. Every drive he was in on, they scored. That says something right there."
Dingess noted to the News and Sentinel Nester played 647 snaps his senior season without conceding a sack and knocked down 89 defenders.
"He really took pride in his craft," Dingess said. "Being good and being an all-state player and getting scholarships has never been satisfying to him. Every day, he came to work to get better. That's what made him stand apart from the other ones. He was such a great practice player. It's hard to get him to talk, but he's a great leader, and he brought that every single day."
Bottom line: Nester was a marquee get for Virginia Tech, Justin Fuente, and Vance Vice.