Royster Sets Up PSU Trip

Evan Royster, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back from Westfield High in Chantilly, Va., is in the process of winding down his recruitment. Overall, he has mixed emotions on the recruiting process.

“It's been stressful and fun at the same time because I get to take visits and meet people,” Royster said. “You get calls all the time every night from coaches trying to talk you into going to their schools.”

For Royster, the list has been narrowed to a final four schools.

“It's down to Penn State, Florida, Nebraska and Virginia Tech,” Royster said.

Royster has already taken one official visit, to Nebraska, and has another official visit scheduled for Jan. 13-15 at Penn State. He said he will likely schedule an official visit to Virginia Tech the week after his visit to the Nittany Lions. As for Florida, Royster said he may not ultimately take a visit as a result of the Gators cooling off on his recruitment.

“[Florida has] actually backed off a little bit,” Royster said. “I'm not sure if they got a commitment from anyone. I was talking with their coach last month and he said that if I took a visit, it would be around the end of January. I'm not sure about Florida.”

Royster praised the coaching staff at Nebraska and spoke about his visit to Lincoln a few weeks back.

“Their coaches have been real cool with me,” Royster said. “They've expressed a lot of want for me. I took my official there two weekends ago.”

As for Virginia Tech, Royster said that while he has not scheduled an official visit yet, he likely will sometime toward the end of January.

“I like how their program has really come up in the past years,” Royster said. “They do have young running backs so that kind of stinks, but if I visit there, it will be real late, like around the 20th of January.”

Despite the numerous young running backs the Hokies have on their roster, Roster said, “[I] want competition wherever I go.”

“Their coaches have been working me since the beginning of my junior year,” Royster said. “I've been interested in them for a while. I have a visit there for the 13th of January.”

Irrespective of the school he decides to attend, Royster said he plans on majoring in engineering, particularly mechanical engineering.

“I've just been a math person my whole life,” Royster said. “All of my brothers have done it, so it just caught my attention. I'm leaning toward mechanical.”

In addition, Royster clarified that he is fully recovered from an injury he sustained at the end of his junior year.

“I partially tore my LCL, but it's healed now,” Royster said.

Finally, Royster said that while he has not set up an exact timetable in which to make a commitment, he hopes to make a decision shortly before signing day.


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