While Evan Royster does play his football in Virginia, he has always rooted for his childhood favorite.
"I grew up first in El Paso and then Dallas," said Royster. "When I was in the fourth grade I moved here, but I'm still a Longhorn fan. It just kind of stuck."
Last season Royster rushed for 2,100 yards and 29 touchdowns. Most high school running backs with those numbers get a lot of attention from college recruiters, and Royster isn't any different.
"I haven't heard much, but they did send me something," replied Royster when asked if Texas was recruiting him.
Is he interested Notre Dame?
"Yeah, I'm interested in them," responded Royster. "I've been receiving the standard information that they send to most recruits. It's basically the stuff about the school and coaching staff. I haven't received anything personal or hand written.
"I would like to hear more from Notre Dame, but I'm concentrating on Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, and Penn St. because they've all offered."
"I did attend a junior day at Virginia," he added.
I asked Evan if he had a top five at this time.
"I'm really just collecting information on schools. I really don't have a top five or anything," he responded.
Evan will attend the Nike combine, so he'll get a chance to see how he stacks up against the best talent on the east coast. He wasn't real sure if he was going to attend any other camps. He reported a 3.1 g.p.a., and an 1140 on the SAT.
Comment: Royster has some solid early offers. Right now he seems interested in most of the schools that are interested in him, which is natural. He's looking harder at the schools that have offered and those that are showing a personal interest. If Evan scheduled his visits now, I don't think Notre Dame would get one. We'll have to see if the Irish pick up the recruiting pace.