BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech landed the highest rated offensive lineman in program history on national signing day.
The Hokies flipped Ohio State commit Doug Nester, a four-star recruit out of Spring Valley High School in West Virginia. Nester is the No. 6 ranked guard in the country, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
Nester made his signing official with a tweet Wednesday morning.
The signing moved Virginia Tech up four spots in the national rankings to No. 25. Nester gives the Hokies seven four-star recruits for a second straight year. The Hokies are currently ranked No. 3 in the ACC behind Clemson and Florida State.
Nester joins a loaded offensive line class that includes fellow four-star lineman Bryan Hudson along with three-star linemen Jesse Hanson and William Pritchard.
"I love it there," Nester told The Herald-Dispatch, late Tuesday night. "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 spent two plus years verbally committed to Ohio State. He planned on signing and enrolling early, but Urban Meyer's departure changed Nester's plans.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder kept Ohio State on his list while taking a hard look at Penn State and Virginia Tech. Nester took an official visit to Blacksburg over the weekend spending much of his time with quarterback Knox Kadum, who signed with Virginia Tech on Wednesday morning.
“It was just me and him,” Kadum said. “I got to really know him a lot. We built a good relationship. I’m hoping we can get him to flip. He’s a heck of a player. That’s definitely a guy I want blocking for me.”
Virginia Tech also signed Jaden Cunningham on Wednesday morning giving the team 22 signees for 2019. The Hokies remain in the mix for four-star linebacker Eugene Asante, who is announcing his decision at a signing ceremony at 6 p.m.