Over the last 5 years, St. Peter's Prep has had some of the best players in the state of New Jersey including Will Hill who was the number 1 player in the state during the 2007 season. In 2008, St. Peter's Prep will again have one of the top players in the state with Nyshier Oliver. At 5'10"-170lbs with 4.4 speed, Oliver can play WR, DB, or RB on the collegiate level. He has already received his first scholarship offer from Boston College. Some of the other schools who are showing heavy early interest are Clemson, Iowa, Rutgers, Florida, Tennesse, Virginia, South Florida, Penn State, and Maryland.
Although Oliver has the versatility to play a number of positions, he would prefer to play DB. However, he states that " it does not make a difference. All I want to do is perform and make plays. I will play whatever position the coaches want me to play".
Since a position does not matter to Oliver, what does? One of the biggest factors in making a decision is playing time. Oliver does not mind being redshirted because it would give him the opportunity to get stronger and adjust to college. However, he would not mind demonstrating his talents immediately. Another factor is the atmosphere of the college. The atmosphere would need to be good not only on gameday but as a normal student. The diversity of the school is also important and a big factor. As Oliver states, "a good mix of people is important because it will prepare you for the real world". Since he is very close to his family, the biggest factor is having his family see him play.
Regarding schools who are interested in his services, he feels that Boston
College is a beautiful place with a football team on the rise. As Oliver states,
"the new coaching staff has the program really to be a household name.
I have heard that they are one of the top schools in the country academically
but I have to find out for myself".
Another school showing Oliver a lot of interest is Penn State. Oliver states
it is "close to home and I like Coach Paterno's coaching style and the
tradition he has built there. I also like the team's demeanor".
Rutgers appears to be one of the programs that he is paying a lot of attention
to. Oliver states "it is really close to home and perfect for my family
to see me play. I feel that a lot of recruits will start to go there. New Jersey
athletes need a place to showcase their talents...I am very high on Rutgers."
Clemson is another school that Oliver is very high on. Oliver states that they are an "up and coming team with two great running backs. I like what Tommy Bowden is doing with the program. I really like their aggressive style of defense. They play fast and intimidating. My dream is to play in the NFL and Clemson would be a good place to be".
As far as a decision, Oliver will be making the decision with his parents and it is not currently apparent when he will make a decision. SOR will be there to inform you of Oliver's recruitment along with those of many of the top players in the State of Rutgers.
Note: Oliver also compete on the track team, where he run the 100M and 200M. His best times are 10.89 and 22.5, respectively.