Pennsy LB Wartman Looking at Seven

Valley View High (Archbald, Pa.) middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman holds double digit offers but he is looking at seven schools. Where does Rutgers fit into the equation? And how hard are the Scarlet Knights recruiting him? Wartman spoke to and divulged those answers, and much more.

Valley View High (Archbald, Pa.) finishes classes Thursday, which means a day or so later middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman's summer research project will kick into high gear.

Wartman is listing a top seven, but is hoping to trim his list after taking visits and then making a decision by the end of the summer.

"My plan is to find out where I'm going to spend the next four years," Wartman said. "I'm going to do my research really hard. I've been doing it up until now, but I want to narrow it down, find my top three and then commit.

"I have a top seven. This is in no particular order; Penn State, Rutgers, N.C. State, Boston College, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Florida."

Wartman said he will wait until after the school year to begin planning his visit schedule, but he knows a return to Rutgers will be on it.

Of the schools recruiting the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wartman, he said Penn State and Rutgers are after him the most. And the intensity of the recruitment holds plenty of importance, and that bodes well for the two schools.

"I'm just hearing from (Rutgers) that they're really interested," Wartman said. "They want to see my timeline for when I'm going to commit (somewhere). They're showing a lot, a lot, of interest.

"It means you're important to them, and you have a legitimate chance of getting plenty of playing time your freshman year."

The in-state Nittany Lions could prove to be formidable competition, but not because of the history or the location, although those are a pair of traits Wartman likes in the program.

"I know they have very good tradition, and (coach) Joe Paterno, and a big stadium and big-time football," Wartman said. "Of course, being a Pennsylvania person, you're going to have some pull, but then you have to think about this is going to be your life for the next four years, so you can't really let location or your home state be a factor for you when you choose."

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