Back in June, Nyshier Oliver gave a verbal commitment to Tennessee, but the four-star athlete from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., reopened his recruitment two months later. From there, it only took a day for Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis to step to the table with a scholarship offer.
"I wanted to (commit) as soon as I got the offer, but I had to see the place," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound playmaker said.
After doing his due diligence, Oliver verbally committed to Weis and the rest of the Irish staff on Tuesday night, choosing Notre Dame over the Vols, Wake Forest, Boston College, Michigan and several other offers.
"Just everything about the school," Oliver said. He becomes the 15th member of Notre Dame's 2009 recruiting class, and also the first receiver. "The tradition. They're on the rise right now and soon Notre Dame is going to be the place to be for student athletes around the country."
As a junior, Oliver used his 4.4 second speed in the 40-yard dash to rush for 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also had four interceptions as a defensive back.
The weekend of Sept. 13th, Oliver took an official visit to Notre Dame to check out the campus for the first time.
"The campus is beautiful, from Touchdown Jesus to the Stadium to the business school, just the whole campus," Oliver explained. "It was a real intimate setting. Not that many students, like 8,000 people. It's just a great place, what can I say, it's Notre Dame.
"They play a good schedule every year," Oliver continued. "They play good teams. They're independent. They're on TV every week. You really can't beat that.
"Me, my mom and dad spoke to coach Weis last night and told him it was a done deal. He told me welcome to the family and that's all I really wanted to hear.
"I'd been thinking about it. I talked it over with my mom and dad. The good thing about it, was when I went on my official visit my mom and dad were with me so that really solidified the whole process."
One of the players Oliver had his eye on while visiting was Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate. Tate didn't disappoint that day, getting open for 127 yards receiving, including a 48-yard touchdown and another 60-yard reception.
"He's a talented player," Oliver said. "I kind of see myself like him in a couple years. Get my body right, get my speed right. I definitely want to strive for what he does."
Even when Oliver was committed to Tennessee, his good friend and Irish commit Theo Riddick was telling him how great Notre Dame was. Now the two Jersey products will experience college life together.
"Theo almost went crazy," Oliver said of when he told him. "I spoke to him last night. I spoke to Carlo Calabrese last night. I talked to a few of those guys, and there is nothing like that feeling."
Oliver is now happy to know what his future holds.
"It's great to be completely done, because now for a couple weeks I've been thinking about it too much. I'm just happy it's out the way. I know where I'm going to be next fall and now I can work towards that, get through the season and compete for a state championship and work towards that goal."