RECRUITING: Virginia RB has Big 12 south ties

Fairfax, Va. running back Evan Royster update.

Evan Royster, RB, 6'0, 200, 4.4, FAIRFAX (WESTFIELD HS), VIRGINIA:

Talk about a game breaker, every time Evan Royster touches the football he is an inch away from going the distance.

Royster will be a four-year starter who a year ago averaged over nine yards per carry. Royster finished last season with 2,167 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns running out of the standard I-formation. For his career, Royster has rushed for 4,584 yards and 61 touchdowns.

"I am a type of running back that can do whatever it takes to move the football down field," said Royster. "When I get into the open field I can make people miss, but I run with power and can run well inside. I don't get much of a chance to catch the ball out of the backfield, but I feel I have pretty good hands."

Royster also returns punts and kicks and plays a little defensive back or outside linebacker on defense. Royster can bench 305 pounds, squats 385 he starts on the lacrosse team and runs the sprints in track. Royster's best time in the 55M is 6.6.

Royster has never been to a football camp or a combine, but he plans to attend at Nike combine this year. Evan has been offered by Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Maryland thus far, but knows that is only the beginning of the offers that will come his way.

"My childhood dream was to go to Texas because I grew up for most of my life in Texas," said Royster. "Tennessee is another school that I grew up liking quite a bit. Virginia Tech is going to be a school that I look at because they have a good program and I have a lot of friends who go to school there."

Does Royster have any interest in Oklahoma?

"Yes, I do," said Royster. "Oklahoma is another school that I like to watch and they have a great program. I haven't had a lot of contact with them yet, but I know that is going to pick up. I talked to Coach Gundy on the phone the other day."

Since he grew up a Longhorn fan does that mean he grew up rooting against the Sooners?

"I did, but I moved away from Texas and the hype between the two schools," said Royster. "It is not as big a deal with me any more. I like both schools right now."

Royster will be one of the elite running backs in the country this year and his recruiting will be national in scope.

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