Royster talks UW/WSU Junior Days

After a solid junior campaign, Lakeridge (Lake Oswego, Or.) DL Marqueese Royster has seen his stock rise since December and he recently took in Junior Days at Washington and Washington State. He recently spoke to, going into detail with his thoughts and also let us know what other schools want him to visit their campuses this spring as well...

"I had a great time up there at Washington's Junior Day," Royster told "It's a great staff and a great environment there. They have so much tradition there and their stadium is getting redone so it was very cool just to get up there and experience that.

"I got to talk with the staff a lot and just got to know them better, so it was really positive."

Royster also headed to Pullman to check out the facilities and program over at Washington State and he came away impressed from that visit as well.

"It was also really cool there," Royster said. "I got to meet with coach (Joe) Salave'a, their d-line coach there, and we talked a lot about the program and they said they liked my film a lot.

"They are still evaluating my film, but they said they liked it a lot and that they are really high on me."

In addition to the two schools from the Evergreen State, Royster has also heard from a couple of other Pac 12 programs as well as two schools quite a bit further east.

"I was invited to the Arizona State and California Junior Days and Missouri invited me to their Spring Game. I've also been hearing from Temple by mail, so I have a few schools talking to me, but I'm still waiting for an offer."

As a junior this past season for Lakeridge, Royster totaled over 100 tackles to go along with 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

With that productivity, schools have let him know they like him as a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid.

"I'm a guy who can play end or linebacker and most schools like me in that dual-role," Royster said. "I feel I see the play and I go. I have good speed off the edge and I use my hands well. I can be a stand-up rusher or put my hand down. I really don't have a preference on where I play. I just want to help the school I go to however I can and I want to get on the field as soon as possible."

Royster plans to hit plenty of camps this offseason, including the Under Armor Elite Camp in Phoenix on March 9th and the B2G Camp in April as well as the Barton Camps that are held in Oregon every weekend.

"I just like to get out and compete and get better," Royster said.

Royster is definitely a player to keep an eye on over the next few months as he hits more and more camps and Junior Days.

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