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Nester receives Army All-American jersey

December 6, 2018

HUNTINGTON — No one knows Spring Valley High School’s storied history with football offensive linemen better than Doug Nester.

The Class of 2019 standout prospect came into his high school career as a freshman, knowing the team had NCAA Division I products such as Tennessee’s Riley Locklear and Charlotte’s Trevor Stacy. With Spring Valley already having a solidified lineage of offensive linemen on the college level, Nester was looking to raise the bar even higher.

Nester joined with his friends and family Wednesday for a presentation that helped capture the four years of dedication to his work as a recipient of his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Game presented by American Family Insurance.

When he put on the jersey it cemented Nester’s name among the nation’s best at his position. Now, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior offensive lineman will go to battle as one of 100 players selected for the U.S. Army All-American Game slated for 2 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and broadcast live by NBC.

“It’s the excitement that is the emotion for me,” Nester said of the honor. “You get to see where you are against the best defensive ends and D-linemen in the country. There are some good athletes that are freaks of nature, and to go against them and see where your talent is compared to them, that will give me a good insight on college.”

With the nomination, Nester is Spring Valley’s first-ever All-American in football since the school opened in 1998.

Timberwolves head coach Brad Dingess said the honor helped Nester put his name among the greatest at a school that has seen a consistent amount of Division I players during its history.

“You never dream around here that you are going to have an All-American,” Dingess said. “To have an Army All-American is just something that you never thought we’d have here. He’s taken his play to a new level, but he’s also brought the program with him. It’s crazy to look at where we’ve come in 10 or 11 years.”

Dingess said Nester’s greatest attributes fall in line with the values of the U.S. Army -- toughness, dependability and leadership.

Nester started every game on the offensive line during his career with the Timberwolves, logging 53 starts in four seasons that included playing in the Class AAA state finals three times.

Dingess said it went beyond just game days with Nester being the example each day in practice.

“Every day, he was ready to play and 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 that he came to work, he wanted to get better. That was his satisfaction and that’s what made him stand apart from all the others. He was just such a great practice player.”

The respect Nester earned from teammates was on full display during the ceremony.

Wayne County Schools were not in session Wednesday because Gov. Jim Justice called for a day of mourning following the passing of 41st President George H.W. Bush, but that didn’t keep Nester’s teammates from attending the noon presentation.

“It means a lot to me that those guys took time out of their day, even though they don’t have to be here, to come watch,” Nester said. “They don’t have to be here. They don’t have to come watch me get my jersey, but it’s great that they would. We’re really close and we share in everything together.”

Nester is verbally committed to Ohio State University -- a decision he made during a video that went viral on social media in August.

However, the sudden retirement of Urban Meyer and subsequent naming of Ryan Day as a successor led to Nester saying he was going to take a step back in his recruiting process to make sure the Buckeyes are the right fit.

Previously, Nester planned to enroll at Ohio State in January following the U.S. Army All-American Game, but on Wednesday he said he will stay at Spring Valley and take official visits to colleges before National Signing Day on Dec. 6.

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