Wartman Exploring Options

When Penn State's sexual-abuse scandal brought widespread change to the program, three-star linebacker Nyeem Wartman, a commit to the Nittany Lions since July, was forced to look at other options. A few schools are showing strong interest, while Wartman begins to reconsider Penn State. Get the latest on the soft verbal in this PW update.

Three-star linebacker Nyeem Wartman remains a soft verbal commitment to Penn State, but in the wake of the school's sexual-abuse scandal, Wartman was encouraged to entertain other offers while a new staff was put in place.

Wartman, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker, has looked at Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and others. The Panthers and Scarlet Knights have been showing the most interest.

Wartman holds double-digit offers, but has been committed to Penn State since July. When the scandal brought turmoil to the Nittany Lions, Wartman began to look at a backup plan in case his commitment was not honored by the new staff.

"I told (Penn State) I would start taking my visits, just in case things didn't go my way," Wartman said.

Now that Penn State has a new coach, Bill O'Brien, in place of the program, Wartman is ready to reconsider the Nittany Lions' offer. He is expecting to speak with O'Brien on Monday, and plans to visit Happy Valley this weekend. In the meantime, Wartman is listening to outside interest from other schools.

"Just whatever schools come to me," said Wartman. "I'm not going out searching for schools."

Wartman said he is excited to meet with O'Brien and the incoming coaching staff at Penn State. After the visit, Wartman will consider his options before making a decision.

"I'm trying to solidify my decision soon," he said.

In his senior season, Wartman finished with 93 tackles and two interceptions. He is the 33rd-ranked outside linebacker.

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