Royster to Rutgers

South Carolina safety Sheldon Royster will transfer to Rutgers. The former St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star prospect received his release to talk to Rutgers Sunday night and has decided to join the program. ScarletReport.com has the details of his transfer inside.

Class of 2011 four-star safety Sheldon Royster is headed to Rutgers. Shortly after receiving his release to transfer from South Carolina, the former St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) star chose Rutgers as his destination, sources close to St. Peter's Prep said tonight.

Royster's decision comes after his father, Shelly Archie, met with coach Kyle Flood on Monday. Archie and Royster then met with Flood again following Tuesday's practice to finalize the transfer.

An announcement from Rutgers could be made as early as Wednesday, but could wait until after the weekend.

Because Rutgers began training camp with the NCAA limit of 105 players (teams can have an unlimited number of players after the first game is played), Royster cannot begin practicing with the Scarlet Knights until Sunday.

Also, because of scholarship numbers, Royster will hold a walk-on slot in the fall before being placed on scholarship in January, according to sources.

Royster has to sit out the 2012 season because of NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years of eligibly remaining. He red-shirted last season at South Carolina.

Royster will be a practice squad player this season before getting a chance to earn a scholarship in the spring.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety gives a dramatic boost to depth at the position with Wayne Warren and Duron Harmon departing at the end of the season.

Royster ranked in as the No. 7 player at his position in 2011 on a star-studded roster that included five-star running back Savon Huggins and tackle Keith Lumpkin — both of whom signed with Rutgers.

By adding Royster, Rutgers now has the top rated quarterback (Gary Nova), running back (Huggins), wide receiver (Miles Shuler), defensive lineman (Marquise Wright) and safety (Royster) in the New Jersey class of 2011.


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