Wartman's Top 5, Timeline After Rutgers Trip

Valley View High (Archbald, Pa.) linebacker Nyeem Wartman took a two-day visit to Rutgers to learn more about the progam, and after it he told ScarletReport.com he has a top 5 list, and gave a timetable for when he will make a decision. What else did the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wartman say about his trip and recruitment? Come inside and find out.

Valley View High (Archbald, Pa.) three-star linebacker Nyeem Wartman wanted to get a lengthy look during his first visit to Rutgers, so he made it a two-day venture.

When he left, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wartman saw everything he hoped to, announced a top 5, and talked about when he will decide.

"I have a top five," Wartman said. "This is no particular order, but I have N.C. State, Rutgers, Penn State, Florida and Boston College.

"I'm making my decision either June 23 or somewhere in July. June 23 would give myself a deadline."

Wartman arrived on campus Thursday and spent Friday meeting with the coaching staff and players, getting a tour of the campus and learning about the school's academic prowess. Saturday was spent at Rutgers Stadium, mingling with the players and recruits before the spring game, then watching the Scarlet-White game before returning home.

"Friday was my "Rutgers Day." I was there all day. It was my own personal day. The feeling I got from it was they really wanted me, from everyone I talked to and everyone I met. They didn't just tell me things I wanted to hear. I like every coach on their staff, even the offensive coaches, like the receivers coach (P.J. Fleck). I like all of them."

In particular, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano's candor and intensity stood out.

"He's a straight shooter. I really liked that," Wartman said. "I enjoyed it a lot. I liked everything about it. Coach Schiano is about a lot more than just football."

Although the spring game was a stripped-down affair in which the Scarlet Knights defense didn't blitz and showed very little flair, Wartman said he got to the see the true personality of the defense while watching practice film during his visit.

"I got to watch a practice (film) and got to see them blitz there," he said. "I love the way they blitz. They do it all different ways."

The two-day visit gave Wartman an in-depth look at the school, and fulfilled.

"I got everything I wanted to see," he said. "I got to see the players, where I would spend time if I went there, got to meet coach Schiano, got to meet different people."


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