Kimuel Royston to Take a Wait-And See Attitude

Kimuel Royston, a 5-11, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back from St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall, committed to Wisconsin in late June. However, with the announcement of head coach Barry Alvarez stepping down after the season, Royston is developing a "wait and see attitude," according to his father Christopher. GoldenSports.net caught up with Mr. Royston to find out the latest on his son's recruitment.

Kimuel Royston helped lead the Raiders to an 8-4 mark. The four losses was a high number for Cretin Derham Hall, which is a traditional Minnesota power. However, the Raiders lost to eventual state runner-up Wayzata in the state quarterfinals, 34-27. They also lost to Wayzata 33-22 in the regular season. They also fell to state champion Minnetonka 31-29 and Louisiana power Evangel Christian on Fox Sports TV, 47-7.

Royston was also a standout defensive back for the Raiders and will play both ways again this season. Cretin opens the season against Hastings, which finished 9-2 last season. The battle of the two teams nicknamed the Raiders will be one of the best opening-week games in Minnesota.

Royston attended the Minnesota Gopher camp last season and his mom and both grandmothers attended Minnesota. However, he enjoyed his time at the Wisconsin Badger camp and the college atmosphere of Camp Randall Stadium and committed to Wisconsin in late June. Cretin Derham Hall does not have an on-campus facility and playing on campus was attractive to him, especially since the Gophers have to play their home games in the Metrodome.

However, head coach Barry Alvarez announced that he is stepping down after the season and defensive coordinator Bret Bielema will take over. That has caused Royston to re-evaluate his recruitment slightly, according to Royston's father Christopher.

"We're still trying to figure out what is going on. We are in a wait and see mode," Christopher said. "The team's defensive coordinator is taking over. We don't even know who the position coaches are going to be."

Christopher was not sure if they would take any further visits this fall.

"I have no idea. We'll wait and see what happens. We'll go to some games. Once the season starts, we'll see what happens. That is why we spent time visiting different colleges this past year."

Christopher said that they have not developed much of a relationship with Bielema yet.

"We never spoke much during Kim's recruitment. We did not deal much with Bielema early on. When he was named as the upcoming head coach, he called and he was trying to maintain contact."

Christopher said that despite the commitment that they will likely still make a few Gopher games as well a Badger contests.

We'll definitely go to some Gopher games. We've always done that and there is no reason not to know."

Christopher said that making the June commitment to Wisconsin was tough, since Kim did like the Gophers and their coaching staff.

"He had a great relationship with the Gopher coaches, which made it tough."

Christopher said that Kim had offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa State and Oregon. However, Christopher said that schools like Ohio State and Michigan are still recruiting him.

"Ohio State and Michigan still think that they can get him, especially if they miss out on someone early."

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