After verbally committing to Tennessee back in June, Nyshier Oliver decided he made his college decision too soon, and in August reopened the recruiting process.
Several college programs tried to jump back in the mix for the 5-foot-10, 170-pound playmaker from St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J., but in the end, only one school could win Oliver’s heart.
On Tuesday night, Oliver became a member of the Notre Dame football family, choosing the Irish over the Vols, Michigan, Wake Forest, Boston College, Michigan and several others.
"As you may recall, Nyshier Oliver chose to reconsider his initial college scholarship commitment to the University of Tennessee," St. Peter's Prep head coach Rich Hansen said in a statement on the school's website. "Since then, he has taken several 'official' and 'unofficial' visits to other scholarship option schools.
"It is a pleasure for me to announce that last night I spoke with head coach and New Jersey native Charlie Weis and committed Nyshier to the University of Notre Dame. I want to thank all who have supported Nyshier throughout his academic and athletic career at Prep. It is a great choice and proper fit for him. I now look forward to Nyshier finishing out his time at Prep in great fashion, performing on the field and in the classroom, fulfilling all of our expectations."
Oliver became the 15th player to verbally commit to head coach Charlie Weis in the 2009 recruiting class, and is also the first receiver.
Notre Dame offered Oliver the day after he de-committed from Tennessee. He took an official visit to the Irish campus the weekend of Sept. 13th to watch the Irish beat rival Michigan. It was Oliver’s first time in South Bend.
As a junior, Oliver used his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash to rush for 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also had four interceptions as a defensive back.
Stay tuned as Irish Eyes and Scout.com tries to reach Oliver for more on his commitment.