BREAKING: SV’s Nester not enrolling early at OSU
SPRING VALLEY, W.Va. - The fallout from the retirement of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is being felt on a local level.
On Wednesday, Spring Valley offensive lineman Doug Nester - an Ohio State commit - said that he will not enroll at Ohio State for the spring semester as originally planned.
The announcement comes one day after Meyer announced that he would retire following the Rose Bowl and assistant coach Ryan Day was named as his successor.
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 officials to different places and see what’s out there.”
While the news is sudden, it isn’t a move that Nester is entering into lightly.
Speculation began about Meyer’s future with the Buckeyes on Friday after a report from FootballScoop that Meyer would make an announcement after the Big Ten Championship Game.
That report was solidified on Tuesday when a press conference took place announcing Meyer’s retirement and Day’s appointment as the coach-in-waiting following the bowl game.
The announcement comes at an integral time for many top-tier recruits - Nester included - with the December signing period now less than two weeks away.
In addition to announcing that he would not enroll at Ohio State for the spring semester, Nester added that he would not sign with a school in December’s early signing period.
Instead, Nester’s gameplan to assess his future includes taking his allotted official visits to various schools to get to know the personnel.
Considering that he shut down his recruitment when he committed to Ohio State on Aug. 5, 2017, Nester plans on being thorough over the final two months of the recruiting cycle.
National Signing Day for the Class of 2019 is Feb. 6, 2019.
“I’m going to get to know the coaches a lot more - the players they have, their guys that they are bringing in - and talk to coaches a lot more to see what fits best with me,” Nester said.
Nester’s announcement came after he received his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Game, which he will play in on Jan. 5, 2019 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Originally, Nester’s plan was to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game, presented by American Family Insurance, and leave to enroll at Ohio State two days later.
Now, his post-January slate will likely include several visits and coaches at the contest in San Antonio will have a keen eye on the potentially-available offensive line prospect from Spring Valley.
“He’s got a lot of big decisions to make for a kid that’s 18-years-old,” Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess said. “The great thing about it is that he’s put himself in a situation to where he doesn’t have to make something in a hurry. He’s going to ride this thing out and enjoy the process. He’s a smart kid and he’s got great parents, so he’ll make the best decision for him.”
Nester added that, with him staying at Spring Valley, he will also play basketball in the winter and participate in track season by throwing shot put and discus.