You may remember the name Doug Nester. He was part of the best high school class of prospects in West Virginia in the last ten years — maybe ever. He was a top 100 prospect out of Spring Valley High School in Huntington, and the number two prospect in the state. Former coaches chose not to make a push and Nester ultimately ended up with the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg. Today, Nester has announced he’ll be returning home and will join his high school teammate Wyatt Milum and best friend Graeson Malashevich with the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Nester started in 16 games — nine as a true freshman — in his two seasons in Blacksburg and played at least 500 snaps. He was named a PFF College All-Freshman Honorable Mention in 2019.
It should be noted that the NCAA approved a one-time transfer rule that allows players to become immediately eligible, waiving the one-year waiting requirement that many players have had to use in the past, losing a redshirt year or a year of eligibility. The transfer gives the Mountaineers a pair of bookend young offensive tackles that Neal Brown can build around.