Royster Talks Rutgers Visit, Favorites

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) safety Sheldon Royster was one of the many official visitors to Rutgers this past weekend, and he spoke to about what transpired on it. He also talked about his favorites, and gave a timetable for making a decision on a school.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) safety Sheldon Royster has been quiet about his recruitment, especially given the impressive four schools on his list.

However, on Wednesday Royster spoke with about his situation, his favorites, a timetable for his decision and his recent official visit to Rutgers.

"No leader, but I would have to say my top two are the two that I visited," Royster said, "South Carolina and Rutgers."

Royster added the reason Rutgers and South Carolina led were not strictly tied to his making official visits there.

"Those are the ones I'm most familiar with," he said, "and the ones I'm most comfortable with now."

Royster is scheduled to visit Michigan (Jan. 7) and North Carolina (Jan. 14) next month.

Originally, targeting a signing day decision, Royster may be making his decision earlier.

"Things are getting closer," he said. "I plan on making my decision, most likely, after the UNC visit. I just want to be able to go on those visits and then be able to evaluate everything, and then go make a decision."

This past weekend Royster was part of a large contingent of recruits to visit Rutgers, a school he visited unofficially a handful of times.

"It went good," Royster said. "They took me to a lot of the facilities. I met with the dean (Carl Kirschner), so it was cool. I've been there so many times on unofficial, so on this official I pretty much brushed up on things."

Royster was hosted by receiver Mohamed Sanu, and hung out with several other players, including receiver Mark Harrison and safety Khaseem Greene.

"(Sanu) said it's all-around fun place to be," Royster said. "I've been in Jersey all my life, so I kind of knew what to expect. But the atmosphere and everything, he just told me a lot of people around campus were cool, and everybody loves all the football players.

"The best part just hanging out with the players, and getting a feel for who I might be going to school with next year."

Before departing campus, Royster also had a lengthy conversation with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano.

"He reminded me how important I was to him, and where he wants to use me on the team," Royster said. "It was a reminder on what his thoughts were about me."

It won't be the last time Royster and Schiano meet up.

While Rutgers assistant coach Chris Hewitt made an in-home visit with Royster recently, one with Schiano is getting scheduled for next month.

Meanwhile, Royster and his family hosted an in-home visit Tuesday with South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier.

"They also reminded me how valuable I am to them, and where they want to use me and what their plans are for me if I went to their school," Royster said. "It was just a reminder of how they feel about me."

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