Nijman Anxious To See “What’s In Store” At VT

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Fork Union Military Academy’s (VA) postgraduate football program blends those prospects who have qualified out of high school but are seeking further exposure on the football field with those prospects who need to sure up their academics to make it to college. For New Jersey native Yosuah Nijman, heading to FUMA served both purposes.

At 6'6", 231 pounds, Nijman ran a 4.88 40 at the New York Nike Combine in the spring of 2013 (Photo courtesy of StudentSports.com)
At 6’6″, 231 pounds, Nijman ran a 4.88 40 at the New York Nike Combine in the spring of 2013 (Photo courtesy of StudentSports.com)

Nijman has great size at 6’7”, 265 pounds, but he was a different player from when he arrived at FUMA to when he left.

“We like him,” FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman said of Nijman in an interview this past November. “We play him at defensive end. He came in rangy and a little soft, but he has worked hard, gotten stronger, and really played well the [last three weeks of the season].”

For Nijman, development in the mental aspect of football helped him progress.

“I feel like I grew technique-wise,” Nijman said. “I really started to understand football a lot better. I’ve learned new techniques, things that make me come off the ball faster. They helped me explode into my tackles.”

Nijman’s massive frame translates well to either side of the line on the major college level. The former Columbia (Maplewood, N.J.) standout wants to play defense, however, and it appears as though he will

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