April 7, 2011

Keystone LB picks up huge SEC offer

Archbald (Pa.) Valley View linebacker Nyeem Wartman is considered by many to be one of the top defensive prospects in Pennsylvania's Class of 2012, and his most recent offer will bolster that opinion.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker has been somewhat busy lately, visiting NC State and Penn State.

Wartman said both visits went well, and he now has offers from both the Wolfpack and the Nittany Lions. Boston College, Akron, Rutgers and Temple are the other schools that have offered.

The talented junior received news of a huge new offer on Thursday.

"Florida just offered today," Wartman said. "They told me and my coach. We were just on the phone with them today.

"That was probably the biggest surprise (of the recruiting process) so far. Penn State and Florida were huge surprises. I didn't expect them to even contact me."

Wartman spoke with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and then the phone was handed over to new head coach Will Muschamp.

"I think they want me to come down during the summer," Wartman said. "I might actually do that. Coach Dan Quinn is the recruiting coach for the region and that's who I talked to. When I got the offer I talked to coach Muschamp.

"This was actually my first time ever talking to Florida so there was some small talk. We introduces ourselves and said, 'Hey, how are you doing,' and they told me about their team next year and their linebackers."

The Gators are recruiting Wartman as a MIKE linebacker, though he could play outside linebacker for them as well.

Wartman was initially hoping to make an early decision but now he feels like that might be tough.

"Our coach said now that Florida has offered lots more schools will be coming in," he said. "I was looking to make a decision by the first game of our football season but now with more schools probably coming in it's going to be longer. It will take more time."

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