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Penn State Recruiting: Nyeem Wartman Sticks With Nittany Lions

After picking up a verbal commitment from three-star safety recruit Jordan Lucas earlier in the week, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien's staff won another recruiting victory on Thursday when linebacker pledge Nyeem Wartman reaffirmed his commitment to the Nittany Lions as reported by Joby Fawcett of the Scranton Times-Tribune.

Wartman committed to former head coach Joe Paterno in July but has been entertaining a move elsewhere since Paterno's firing on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Rutgers made a push for Wartman, but ultimately he decided on Penn State.

"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."

Wartman is a three-star recruit, as rated by His profile there says he had offers from a number of programs including Florida, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Temple. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Archbald native is rated No. 34 at his position and No. 12 in Pennsylvania.

After the jump, you can check out one of Wartman's highlight videos.

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