It is why Wartman, a middle linebacker at Valley View High (Archbald, Pa.), will make an unofficial visit to Rutgers on April 9.
"I like Rutgers, but I want to take a visit to the schools before I say how much I like them," Wartman said. "They want me to call them, and I really need to get back on top of it but I've been really busy lately. So, I have to get back to them."
Wartman has been busy with the Valley View track and field team, but he knows he needs to turn his attention to football recruiting since the spring evaluation period begins April 1 and schools are asking him to visit.
The 6-fot-3, 230-pound Wartman is being recruited to Rutgers by defensive coordinator Bob Fraser, and the two have hit it off.
"I like him. He's a real man," Wartman said. "He treats you like a person and talks to you like a real person. I'm comfortable with him."
Rutgers isn't the only school after Wartman, who is coming off a junior season in which he made 115 tackles, including 10 for loss of yardage, forced two fumbles and had an interception.
"I'm looking to get on the field early, but if I have to red-shirt, I can do that," Wartman said.
Wartman plays middle linebacker for the Cougars, but wouldn't mind moving to outside linebacker in college.
"It really doesn't matter. I don't have a preferred position," he said. "I like middle linebacker and outside, so whatever they want me to do in a game, I'll do that."