Kim Royston Q&A

Minneapolis cornerback – prospect profile

Kim Royston, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback prospect from Cretin Derham-Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., is one of the highest ranked players in the University of Wisconsin's class of 2006. Royston is's No. 42 ranked cornerback in the nation and a three-star prospect. He is ranked No. 3 in the state of Minnesota.

Royston, who lives in Minneapolis, is one of the top candidates for early playing time among UW's recruits. He has good size and is a high-caliber athlete at a position that needs depth.

Royston was a varsity wide receiver as a sophomore, and he started both ways as a junior and senior.

A consensus all-state selection his senior year, Royston played cornerback, wide receiver and running back for Cretin Derham-Hall. He estimated he had 40 receptions and 600 receiving yards, 400 rushing yards, five interceptions and 15 total touchdowns as a senior.

Royston chose the Badgers over Minnesota and Iowa State. He has a cumulative 3.1 grade-point average and scored a 19 on his ACT.

Royston's father played running back at North Dakota State—the same school that beat Wisconsin in basketball at the Kohl Center recently.

Badger Nation: Did your dad give you a hard time for the basketball game?

Kim Royston: "A little bit." (laughing)

BN: Do you have a major in mind for college?

KR: "I'm looking at kinesiology."

BN: Do you want to be an athletic trainer?

KR: "Something of that sort… I'm looking to GA right after college. Get into the coaching profession a little bit."

BN: What was your first impression of the University of Wisconsin and Madison?

KR: "My coach was a good friend of (former UW offensive line coach Jim) Hueber and they started recruiting me a little bit at the beginning of the process. Me and my father went down for a junior day. And I just fell in love with the facilities and everything about the university."

BN: What was your favorite memory from your official visit (Jan. 20)?

KR: "Just how the players interacted with each other, off the football field."

BN: What are you most proud of from your prep career?

KR: "I just think my production. Cause I played running back my freshman year on the freshman team. But then the only way I would have moved up on the varsity team is if I moved to receiver.

"I was a little raw at receiver, but then over time I got pretty technically sound. Then they moved me to cornerback my junior year and I got more technically sound at that. So I just think my determination to get better at each position."

BN: What was your favorite college team growing up?

KR: "I enjoyed watching football on Saturday. Not a specific team. I like teams that play Division I."

BN: Is there an athlete you would say you model your game after?

KR: "Recently I'm liking the way Champ Bailey (plays), and… Pacman Jones."

BN: What stands out about their game that you like to incorporate?

KR: "Well, Pacman Jones… He's a pretty little guy. I'm a little bigger than him. I just like how he's tenacious and plays physical. Doesn't let those big receivers push him around. I just think that's the way I want to model my game. Coming up and hitting."

BN: The best sports movie of all time?

KR: "I'll have to go with The Program or Friday Night Lights."

BN: Favorite non-sport celebrity or historical figure?

KR: "Martin Luther King."

BN: Who has influenced you the most or served as a role model during your football career?

KR: "Definitely my dad…

"He has never missed one of my football games and after every game he tells me what I did good, tells me what I did bad. So the next day in practice I'll incorporate that in my drills. Try to work on whatever he told me I did bad. He was just always there as a role model to encourage me on my grades, saying the usual stuff, if you don't have grades, you are not going to be able to play in college. So pretty much just the constant figure in my life."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?

KR: "Definitely I'm not anticipating but you've got to come in with the attitude to compete. I'm not saying I'm not going to redshirt, but I'm not going to fold my cards and say I'm going to redshirt. I'm just going to go in and compete, work hard, and whatever happens happens."

BN: Do you have goals that you have set for yourself for your college career?

KR: "My goal right now is to get in the rotation as a freshman. Nickel, dime, whatever. I haven't really gone much further than that."

BN: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

KR: "Definitely being involved with sports. Mentoring kids, coaching kids, something with definitely involving sports. (Athletic) training, (sports) medicine, something with sports definitely."

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