Oliver Opens Up Recruitment; ND Offers

It was one of the hardest things four-star athlete Nyshier Oliver ever had to do.

On Monday, the Jersey City, N.J. prospect picked up the phone and called Tennessee to let the coaching staff know he was de-committing, and reopening the recruiting process.

"I think I rushed the decision a little too quick, and I felt I wanted to see other places," Nyshier Oliver began. He verbally committed to the Vols in June. "I felt my commitment wasn't at rest, it wasn't peaceful. I thought about it everyday, and I felt I needed to open up. I told Tennessee if they really want me, they'll hold a scholarship for me and they told me they would.

"That was one of the hardest phone calls I've made. I didn't want to see other schools or do anything behind their back. I wanted to be a man. I didn't want them to hear it from anybody else."

It didn't take long for Notre Dame to catch wind. The Irish coaching staff heard that day from Oliver's St. Peter's Prep coach, and they quickly jumped into the race.

On Tuesday morning, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Oliver was on the phone receiving a scholarship offer from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis. As a junior, Oliver used his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash to rush for 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also had four interceptions as a defensive back.

"He just said he wants me there playing slot receiver, speed receiver, kick return, punt return and he wants me part of the family," Oliver said of his conversation with Weis. "He said he thinks they have a lot to offer me, and he said he's glad that I'm interested in them, and I said I'm glad they're interested in me."

Oliver, who stated that he's open to every school now, but is keying in on Tennessee, Michigan, Boston College and Notre Dame, said the Irish offer surprised him a bit.

"It did a little because I just de-committed from Tennessee. The next day, I got a call from my coach saying Notre Dame had an offer for me. Coach Weis told me one thing his staff doesn't do, is if a kid is committed somewhere else, they don't recruit the person. He said that's not business like.

"They still kept in contact with my coach. My coach does a lot of talking to the college coaches. My coach gave them the heads up and me and my parents took it from there."

Oliver found out he'd be speaking to Weis on his way to practice this morning.

"I'm highly interested in them," Oliver said. "Tradition, the school, academics. it's a lot. You can go on and on about Notre Dame. It's a great place I hear. One of my great friends, Theo Riddick is committed there and he tells me a lot about the place."

"We met a long time ago at certain football events. Sometimes I go to his games and sometimes he comes to mine."

Maybe one day Oliver and Riddick will be playing together.

Oliver obviously doesn't want to rush into another college decision, and hasn't really set a timeline for himself to be verbally committed somewhere again.

"Tennessee is up there in my top, Notre Dame, Boston College, Michigan, that's really it. I've been to Tennessee and Boston College. I haven't been to Notre Dame or Michigan.

"I haven't put a time on it now. I just want to see all the schools. I want to see Michigan and I want to see Notre Dame. After I see Notre Dame and Michigan, I'll make my final decision."

And then, Oliver will make one of the easiest phone calls of his life.

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