As a state champion.
Playing on varsity as a freshman, Nyshier Oliver helped St. Peter's Prep win a New Jersey Non-Public Group IV State Title. The last two years, Oliver and the Marauders made it back to the championship game, but left without the hardware they were looking for.
"It's motivated me, it's motivated our team, and we're ready this year," Oliver said. "I definitely feel we have what it takes."
It certainly looks that way.
With a 21-7 victory over Hoboken this past weekend, that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Oliver in the fourth quarter, St. Peter's Prep heads into the postseason on a seven-game winning streak.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Oliver, a future Notre Dame receiver, has lined up at running back, in the slot and at quarterback this fall for the Marauders (7-2).
"We know that we're starting to get tougher," Oliver said. "Everyone is reaching their peak at the right time.
"The team chemistry has come together a lot from the first two games. We've straightened the line out, the quarterback, our chemistry. We're getting accustomed to playing together, and it's all coming together at the right time."
On the first drive against Hoboken, Oliver hurt his shoulder trying to make a one-armed catch. It was just a little stinger, and Oliver quickly returned. In the fourth quarter, he put the game away on his short scoring run.
Because of its two losses to start the season, St. Peter's Prep will have to go on the road for the state playoffs.
"Everyone has their eyes set on the same thing, and everyone knows what we got to do," Oliver stated.
Back in September, Oliver took his official visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan game. It was his first time ever in South Bend, and he hopes to make it back to his future college soon.
"I might come in for the Banquet or the Syracuse game," Oliver explained. "I'm not sure yet, but I'm definitely going to try and get back on campus."
It just depends on how late into the state tournament Oliver is playing. He plans on being unavailable for awhile.
Here is a look at how the rest of Notre Dame's verbal commits played over the weekend.
***E.J. Banks: The future Irish cornerback saw his season come to an end in a 35-34 playoff loss to undefeated Highland.
Banks hurt his knee and left the game in the first half, but his Montour (6-5) teammates rallied to nearly keep the season alive without their standout quarterback. At one point, the Spartans trailed 20-0, but they fought to the finish.
***Alex Bullard: Brentwood Academy is game away from playing for a Tennessee state championship, following a 40-6 victory over Briarcrest Christian. Bullard and company are 7-4 on the season, and they are trying to get back to the title game for the second year in a row.
***Carlo Calabrese: A jack-of-all-trades this season, the future Irish linebacker played four positions in Verona's 14-8 win over Glen Ridge, in the regular season finale.
Calabrese rushed for 93 yards, completed a 13-yard pass, and caught a 17-yard touchdown for the game-winning score, helping Verona improve to 8-1 on the campaign.
***Tyler Eifert: Eifert and his Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger teammates rolled to a 47-7 Sectional Championship victory over Wayne.
***Shaquelle Evans: On Friday morning, Evans verbally committed to Notre Dame. In the evening, he caught eight passes for 143 yards, but it wasn't enough in Inglewood's 20-17 loss to Santa Monica.
Inglewood dropped to 4-5, and will not make the state playoffs.
"It was a weird day," Evans told the Daily Breeze. "One minute I was on the top of the world because I now have a chance to be a part of the great Notre Dame tradition and I really wanted to celebrate with my teammates by having a good game and getting a win, but then you come back to reality after you lose a game like that.
"We were in control the whole game but just made too many mistakes which cost us the win."
***Dan Fox: Fox was part of a strong Cleveland St. Ignatius defensive effort, helping lead the charge in a 8-7 victory over Glenville.
St. Ignatius has now won 11 games in a row, dating back to their season-opening loss to previously undefeated Glenville. They advance to the regional championship this coming weekend.
Fox hurt his head on the first series, but played the whole game. He wasn't sure how many tackles he had, but said it was a lot. He is going to the doctor on Monday to get looked at, and he fully expects to play in St. Ignatius' next game.
***Jake Golic: Northwest Catholic (6-2) won its sixth game in a row, a 28-20 victory over Enfield.
***Zach Martin: Martin joined Eifert as an Indiana Sectional Champion on Friday night. He and his Bishop Chatard (10-1) teammates cruised to a 41-13 win over Rushville.
***Zeke Motta: Vero Beach (7-2) dropped a 28-10 game to Pahokee on Thursday night.
***Marlon Pollard: Cajon hammered Arroyo Valley, 43-7, clinching California's San Andreas League Title and a home game in the CIF Southern Section Inland Central Section Playoffs. The Cowboys are now 8-1 on the season.
***Theo Riddick: Riddick carried 34 times for 158 yards in Immaculata's (8-1) 24-14 victory over Hunterdon Central.
***Tyler Stockton: Season complete. The Hun finished 4-4.
***Nicholas Tausch: The future Irish kicker connected on all three of his extra point opportunities in a 45-21 loss to Plano. Dallas Jesuit ends the season with a 3-7 record.
***Ben Turk: St. Thomas Aquinas set a Florida state record with its 50th consecutive district victory over the weekend. The latest win, a 51-3 dismantling of Western.
Turk had one punt for 39 yards, pinning Western inside its own 20-yard line.
***Chris Watt: For the first time since 1985, Glenbard West advances to the third round of the Illinois state playoffs. Watt and company are 11-0 following a 56-14 victory over Fenwick.
***Cierre Wood: The five-star running back ran for 105 yards on 21 carries in Santa Clara's 49-6 loss to Oaks Christian.
Santa Clara (8-1), saw an 18-game winning streak dating back to the season opener last season snapped.