Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings at least four days a week. The play sheet today calls for a chance to discuss the strong late interest from Ohio State pledge Doug Nester in Georgia. We’ll try to do so without mentioning the name Sam Pittman in the first three paragraphs.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — DawgNation can thank Urban Meyer for its chances with the nation’s No. 5 offensive guard in 2019 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
That’s the case here. Really.
Doug Nester will visit Georgia on January 12. That’s one of three final official visits the Ohio State commitment has in mind for January.
He committed to the Buckeyes in August of 2017 but did not sign during the early period. The reason why was he felt that something just wasn’t right about the school. It did not seem like the same school he had committed to.
Meyer’s decision to move on from the program clarified why he felt that way.
“In the summer I went down there [to Georgia] on a visit,” Nester said. “But they probably weren’t in the mix until all this stuff happened with coach Meyer. Nobody else was in the mix really.”
Doug Nester rates as the nation’s No. 5 OG prospect for 2019 on the 247Sports composite. Georgia is recruiting him to play tackle. The nearly 6-foot-7 All-American has great length. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
The 6-foot-6.5, 305-pound senior is a guard for most schools, but the Georgia pitch is enhanced by the fact the staff feels he can play tackle. (See Cade Mays for a great example there.)
Nester will visit UGA first coming out of the dead period after the All-American Bowl this week in Texas. That’s shaping up to be a big weekend with the expected official from elite CB target Kaiir Elam as well.
The 4-star OL prospect also has some strong interest in both Virginia Tech and Penn State. Those two proud programs will get the next two official visit weekends on Nester’s calendar. He’s just not sure which school will get the first one of those as of yet.
Where is he at right now? When asked, he gave a perfectly simple answer. It was also the most honest thing he could say about his recruiting at this time.
“I think I’m very conflicted right now,” he said. “It is a very important decision to make and it has got me thinking a lot. Really. One day I will be leaning towards this way. The next I am like ‘Maybe not’ with that. It is just a hard decision right now.”
He is torn between multiple options.
“Mostly three of them,” Nester said when describing the sorting process right now.
What factors will he use to make up his mind?
“It will be mostly coaching staff,” Nester said. “Then the players they have there and the players that are coming in. It is if I like them or not. If I can get along with them. If I think I can succeed with them. Yeah, just the coaching and the players really.”
And that’s where Sam Pittman has always distinguished the University of Georgia when it comes to recruiting elite O-line talent.
His target this time is a player who also rates as the nation’s No. 92 overall prospect for 2019.
The Sam Pittman factor with Doug Nester
Nester plays with passion. He plays with another simple purpose that feels beholden to his West Virginia roots. The Spring Valley High standout from Huntingdon really just loves the game.
“I’ve been playing it since I was seven years old,” he said. “I’ve always loved sports. Just playing them. But this is what I really feel is my true calling. I was a pretty decent player through youth league but it was really my love for the game which made me into a better player.”
Doug Nester likely would have signed with Ohio State during the early period if not for the news that Urban Meyer was not set to return to lead the team for the 2019 season. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
“It is the setting of a goal in sports and then accomplishing it that is just so great of a feeling.”
UGA has been in the mix since the summer, but it was not a contender until the news came from Meyer.