Four-star Royster plans Rutgers visit

Four-star safety Sheldon Royster of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) missed out on Rutgers' junior day, but he will make up for it by taking an unofficial visit to the school this month. Having grown up in Woodbridge, Royster already knows plenty about the Scarlet Knights, and he dicusses where things are in his recruitment, and his thought process regarding Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY -- St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star safety Sheldon Royster was unable to attend Rutgers' junior day, but it won't keep him from getting an in-depth look at the program.

Already familiar with the Scarlet Knights because of his proximity to the school – Royster lives in Woodbridge – the talented player said he will be taking an unofficial visit to Rutgers in the near future.

Royster was on Rutgers' campus for this weekend's BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, but spent most of his time focusing on the event, a luxury afforded him because of his upcoming schedule.

"I plan on coming in the next week or so to visit Rutgers,'' Royster said. "I was supposed to come to junior day and couldn't make it, so I asked (assistant) coach (Kyle) Flood if I could come up for a visit, and he said it was fine.''

The 6-foot, 190-pound Royster said he recently received offers from South Carolina and Louisville to go with his long-standing offers from the Scarlet Knights and West Virginia. But the program he is the most familiar with is Rutgers.

"I love it,'' he said. "I've grown up with Rutgers in my backyard, so I've heard a lot about them. I like the way they run things. I like their schedule and the way they do things. I like their football schedule, and the way they do things for players is amazing.''

The Scarlet Knights have been to five straight bowl games, winning the last four.

Royster is aware of the number of players the Scarlet Knights are sending to the NFL, including first-round picks in each of the last two years. And that streak is expected to increase to three straight years with offensive tackle Anthony Davis slated to be an early- to mid-round pick, and cornerback Devin McCourty possibly working his way into the first round.

"Lately, they had a couple of players that went to the NFL,'' Royster said, "so I think Rutgers is really coming up.''

However, Royster said he isn't ready to make a decision, and believes he will not announce his college choice for a while.

"Mostly likely after the season,'' he said. "I want to make sure I'm picking the right school, and whatever choice I make, it's the right choice for me.''

Royster is also being recruited by Penn State, Oregon, Ohio State and USC, but he said offers have not come his way. He also may check out a few other schools during the spring and summer.

"I think I'm going to go on a couple visits,'' he said. "After (the 7-on-7), I'm probably going to map everything out.''

Another interesting development will be seeing where Royster plays. He said it doesn't matter if he plays free safety or strong safety, or if a team recruits him to play running back or receiver.

Royster made 65 tackles and had three interceptions. He also backed up running back Savon Huggins and ran for 393 yards and five touchdowns on 40 carries, and caught 14 passes for 252 yards and two scores.

"It doesn't really matter to me,'' Royster said. "Wherever they put me on the field, I'm comfortable with any position. Schools keep asking me about my position, and what position I want to play. I told them it really doesn't matter.''

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