Nyeem Wartman, LB, Valley View H.S. (PA)
As the Meet the Recruits series rolls along, it's time to meet Nyeem Wartman, an outside linebacker from Archbald, PA. Wartman commited to Penn State back on July 9th, and remained committed to PSU after The Thing happened (!). He held offers from, among others: Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, Rutgers, Northwestern, Illinois, Florida, and NC State. Not too shabby.
Wartman comes in at 6'2", 223 lbs. He's rated as a three star prospect by the three major recruiting services, a top 15 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania, and in the top 50 nationally at linebacker. In addition to his football prowess (115 tackles during his senior season), Nyeem ran the 100 meter in 10.9 seconds, and was a gold medalist as a member of his high school track team. Versatility - I'M DIGGIN' IT.
It's unlikely that Wartman will see a ton of playing time in 2012. There's quite a few upperclassmen at OLB, and the numbers will likely prevent him from seeing the field, barring some kind of injury cataclysm.
When it come to making a decision about where to go to college, Nyeem was won over by the close-knit atmosphere at Penn State:
"This is not only a decision I made for myself," the 18-year-old Wartman said. "I'm happy that I can do this for
my family and for my mom. I really liked the fact that players at Penn State, no matter what grade they were in,
went out of their way to get to know me and talk with me. They made it feel like a family."
Nyeem also wrote a diary that was published by the Scranton Times-Tribune. I highly encourage you to take a look at it. He seems like a genuinely great kid with a good head on his shoulders. It's easy to say that about every recruit that walks onto campus at Penn State, but it's actually true in this instance.
And with that, the film. Welcome aboard, Nyeem.