2011 Jersey RB/S talks Rutgers, recruiting

One of the top juniors in New Jersey already holds an offer from Rutgers. ScarletReport.com caught up with the running back/safety to talk about recruiting, what schools have offered and which schools he is hearing from. He also talks about his running style after a huge weekend performance.

One of New Jersey's rising juniors is St. Peter's Prep of Jersey City (N.J.) junior running back/safety Sheldon Royster. He wasn't called on to do much defensively in a 60-7 win Friday against Bayonne, but the Rutgers target certainly put on a show offensively.

The Scarlet Knights think so much of Royster that he was offered a scholarship Sept. 1, the first day schools are able to offer juniors for the class of 2011.

Rosyter said he is curious to see which colleges recruit him the hardest, and which ones will get involved, but it is much too early for him to start formulating a list of favorites.

"I'm just trying to see who's looking at me, and I'll go from there,'' Royster said. "West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse and a couple more (have shown interest). Also, North Carolina State.''

Royster said he holds offers from Rutgers and West Virginia, and also intimated the Scarlet Knights could be an early favorite.

"They're right in my backyard,'' he said. "I live in Woodbridge.''

Against Bayonne, Royster showcased his ability to run between the tackles and quickly get through the hole in running for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. He also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass, but he wasn't about to take much credit for it.

"It was all right,'' Royster said. "Without the help of my line, or the rest of the team being focused, I wouldn't be able to do what I did.''

Royster gave the accolades to his teammates, but he was impressive in breaking tackles and finishing runs with strength.

"That's something I try to concentrate on,'' Royster said. "Most running backs try to run away from the tackles. I try to run through them.''

We will have video of Royster up on the site later today.

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