Nyeem Wartman reaffirms commitment to Penn State

Another positive piece of news about the class of 2012 is that Nyeem Wartman has reaffirmed that he will be going to Penn State.

After weighing his options and reopening the recruiting process, the all-state linebacker from Valley View reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State on Thursday.

“I’m very happy,” Wartman said. “It was a very stressful situation. After I opened up my recruiting again, I was reminded how stressful the process can be. It’s like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder Wartman has sprinter’s speed and one of the top recruits in the state. He wavered on whether he wanted to go to Penn State after the Sandusky scandal, but after his official visit to Penn State’s campus last weekend and a meeting with new coach Bill O’Brien, Wartman reaffirmed his decision to go to State College.

“I kept my head straight,” Wartman said. “I just kept reminding myself that this was something that happened with a person who is no longer affiliated with the program. For me really, I just wanted to know who the coach was going to be. It had nothing to do with the scandal.”

Wartman said he was impressed with O’Brien, calling him “a commanding guy who expects a lot from you.”

Recently, Wartman was chosen as a member of Pennsylvania’s roster for the Big 33 Classic in Hershey. A two-time All-Region choice, he finished his career with 303 tackles. As a tight end he had 16 receptions for 408 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, and has 36 receptions for 766 yards and 10 touchdowns in three years.

In his senior season, Wartman dominated as the leader of the top defensive unit in District 2, collecting 120 tackles and is listed as the No. 12 recruit in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com.

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