"My coaches think that schools will start giving me a look after they finish up things with their spring football," Royal told Dawgman.com recently. "During the season, Georgia State and UAB were both talking to me, but that sorta fell off, so the ones that my coaches said have asked for transcripts for me are California and Syracuse."
As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Royal started seven games before he went down with an injury.
"I had a groin injury, but after I rehabbed it and rested, it was fine and I was all good for this past season," Royal said.
While playing mostly strong safety this past fall, Royal finished with 52 tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups, teaming with Washington State bound Shalom Luani, to form one of the top JUCO safety tandems in the country.
"He played free safety and I was at strong safety, but I can play free safety well too," Royal noted. "I'm a hitter though. I love contact. It's what I naturally do well."
As a prep at storied Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California, Royal only played football during his senior season, but he did well enough to garner a scholarship from Sacramento State.
"I took the scholarship to Sac State, but I wasn't happy there and I sorta ran into some academic problems, so I left and City was there for me and it was a good place for me," Royall recalled. "The staff here is great and they have really good talent here and they play in a really tough conference, so I knew I would get better playing here."
Royal is on pace to finish up his coursework in May and he will have two years to play two starting this fall.