Westfield (Chantilly, VA) wide receiver Eddie Royal is finally starting to get the offers he has been expecting since the end of his junior year. One of the most dynamic and exciting players in the state, Royal has added offers from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse to early offers from Marshall and Kent State.
This summer, Royal has worked hard in the classroom to raise his grade point average. His hard work is starting to pay off.
“It hasn’t been a fun summer,” said Royal. “But I’ve done well in the classroom, so that’s all that matters. It wasn’t looking too great [in terms of offers] earlier this summer. I wasn’t getting the offers I felt I should be getting. Now I know how important school work is, so I’m working hard to improve.
“I’m telling all of our younger guys to concentrate on their academics. That’s one important thing I’ve learned this summer.”
Royal’s most recent offer is from Virginia Tech, the school he visited yesterday. His visit went well, and he was impressed with the coaching staff as a whole.
“First we [Royal and Westfield QB Sean Glennon] went to meetings, and then we saw practice,” said Royal. “Once we went to practice, we liked the way the coaches ran the practice.
“The visit was a lot better than I expected. The coaches gave us a lot of attention and really made us feel like they wanted us on their team. It made us feel good that they made time to step away from practice and talk to us.”
Though he enjoyed his visit, Royal remains open to the recruiting process. He would like to take all five official visits before deciding.
“I’m still open,” said Royal. “I’m going to watch all of the teams that are recruiting me pretty closely this fall. I want to see how each team does, and that will be a big part of my decision I think. I’ll probably go to a few games unofficially to see how the players and coaches are in the locker room.
“I’ll take all five visits before deciding.”
In the meantime, Royal should receive more offers once his season begins. One team who has not offered yet is Virginia. Royal believes the Cavaliers may offer, however is confused because they have not done so to this point.
“They’ve been hinting about it, but I don’t know,” said Royal. “It makes me think twice about whether...
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