Royster on RU: "One of my favorite schools"

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star safety Sheldon Royster is being recruited hard along the eastern seaboard, but it is the program in his backyard that is among the most interested of the schools. Rutgers built an early relationship with Royster, and it is paying off. He said, "They're one of my favorite schools." Find out what else he had to say as his recruitment continues.

More than 100 college coaches scheduled appointments to visit St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) during the spring evaluation period, but it isn't only to see five-star running back Savon Huggins.

Among the glut of talent at St. Peter's Prep is four-star safety Sheldon Royster, who is also getting plenty of interest as a running back.

"I've been playing running back since I started playing football, and then when I got to Prep, I could have gone either way,'' the 6-foot, 190-pound Royster said. "Savon said he had running back. He had that covered, so I decided to go to the other side of the ball and help out the defense.''

Royster said he holds approximately two dozen offers, including the one that came Sept. 1 from Rutgers, and the early impression the home school made is sticking with him.

"I like Rutgers,'' said Royster, who lives in nearby Woodbridge. "They're one of my favorite schools.''

In mentioning the schools showing the most interest, Royster listed Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Miami and South Carolina.

"Some schools feel a certain way about me more than others,'' Royster said. "The schools that do recruit me the hardest, they tell me a lot about their school and I learn a lot more than the other schools that are kind off laid back with it.''

Royster's lone visit of the spring was to Rutgers, a school he knows well. But before he narrows down his list at the end of the summer, he plans to make unofficial visits to a few handfuls of schools.

"I'm going to wait it out and see as many schools as possible, then take my official visits and take it from there,'' said Royster, who is planning a signing day announcement. "I plan on having it narrowed down before my season starts so I know where I want to take my official visits.''

Next month Royster hopes to visit Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Penn State, and maybe a few others.

"In early July, I want to visit some schools down south,'' he said. "I want to visit a couple schools in Florida, I want to try and visit South Carolina and North Carolina, Georgia. Just some of the schools down there.''


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