Oliver has a list of early favorites

RB/CB Nyshier Oliver rushed for 24 touchdowns and led the team with four interceptions. His top five schools consists of some of the best programs in the nation. He's also said his list has changed throughout the year. Come see what he has to say about those schools along with the team that has remained a constant on his list throughout.

St. Peter's Prep running back/ cornerback Nyshier Oliver has a top five but in no specific order. That list consists of Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Penn State and Boston College.

"I'm very high on Rutgers," Oliver said. "They are close to home and close to my family so they can get to see me play. They are an up and coming program and I hope that Coach Schiano doesn't leave anytime soon because that's how I'll base my decision.

"They were really good last year so some say this year was a disappointment," he said. "I don't think so since they are a young team with a lot of people coming back such as Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt."

On Virginia Tech, where he has seen the campus before, he said, "They have always been my dream school, I don't know why. I like Coach Beamer and the school and campus are very nice."

The two-way star loves the tradition at Penn State and the same goes with Clemson. He also likes Head Coach Tommy Bowden and what he's been able to do with the program while he's been there.

Boston College was the first to send an offer to Oliver and that's something that really important to him.

Oliver considers himself a big football fan and said that his top five has changed throughout the year from watching the games but that Rutgers has remained on the list through each change due to Coach Schiano.

"The recruiting he's doing now is going to make this team better," he said.

Oliver has received verbal offers from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati but said he didn't know much about the programs outside of the fact that Dave Wannstedt was the Pitt's head coach.

Right now, he's setting up an unofficial visit with Boston College and said that he might go to Rutgers' junior day.

Coaching stability, diversity on campus and a school's tradition are the three main things that will factor into his final decision.

"I would like to be able to go to a diverse college because my high school was diverse," he said. "Tradition and what direction the school is going are also important."

As a running back, Oliver had over 1,400 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns and on defense he led the team with 4 interceptions. St. Peter's Prep went 11-1 and lost to Don Bosco Prep in the state championship.

"I think we underachieved because our goal is to always win states," he said. "We worked hard, but Don Bosco is a great team so we are going to have to work harder next year."

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