So, after making an unofficial visit to meet with the coaching staff and watch practice, the St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) star came away with a much different outlook on his state's lone Division I football school.
"It was more than I expected,'' said Royster, who lives in Woodbridge. "I was pretty surprised with the way they go from one workout to another. They keep going, moving pretty fast. The tempo is real high up there.
"I thought it was going to be too close to home or not as exciting as it was. I like the school.''
Royster, who is 6-feet, 190 pounds, was on Rutgers' campus for various 7-on-7 events and combines, but never had the opportunity to check out the facilities and speak with the staff for a long period of time.
He was able to accomplish those things, but watching practice was the most important thing Royster did.
"I pretty much got a better feel for things,'' he said. "I didn't really speak with any of the players. I just watched the practice pretty closely and walked around, and watched how the coaches coached. Stuff like that.
"I liked the way they were energized and ready to practice. They're real alive when they're practicing. I like that.''
Royster holds offers from Rutgers, Illinois, West Virginia, South Carolina, Syracuse and Louisville. He said the Scarlet Knights are talking to him about playing either safety or running back, but he wasn't certain what position other schools wanted him to play.
Of course, he has plenty of time to learn such things if he sticks to his plan of when he will announce his decision.
"I'm pretty much open to all schools, really,'' Royster said. "I'll probably make my decision on signing day. I'm going to try and visit every school and get a feel for it so I can make sure my decision is where I want to be, and what's right for me.''