Westfield wide receiver Eddie Royal is looking for big things from his team this season. As a senior, he, along with quarterback Sean Glennon, hopes to lead Westfield to a state championship title.
Royal believes that his team has the ingredients to capture a championship and looks forward to proving so on the field.
“We have a complete team,” said Royal, who is one of the state’s top prospects. “Last year, it wasn’t all just me and Sean. Justin Born, who is a rising senior also, has been overlooked this off-season. He’s going to be a really good receiver. Our tailback is Evan Royster (brother of former Fairfax standout and current Stanford receiver Brandon Royster), and he’s going to be a good one. He’s only a sophomore, but he will be able to choose which school he wants to go to [by the time he’s a senior].
“On defense, we have Franks Mills, who transferred from TC Williams. He’s a 6-1, 225 pound defensive end and he’s crazy. I wouldn’t want to be the one to block him…I don’t think you can.”
As a junior, Royal made 48 catches for 905 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Assuming he can build upon those numbers, Westfield may indeed have a good chance to make a state championship run.
Off the field, Royal is hoping to figure out where he will play his collegiate football. He has offers from Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Syracuse, Marshall, and Kent State, with more undoubtedly on the way this fall.
Following the Friday night football contests, he hopes to catch weekend college games featuring his favorite schools. How each school fares this season may affect his final decision.
“I don’t really have a leader,” said Royal. “I’m still going to wait. I will watch games very closely this season. I’ll tape the ones I can’t watch. It’s important for me to see how much a team passes and if I can picture myself in the offense. Like I want to watch Virginia Tech really closely, because they said they are going to open things up this season. I want to see if they actually are going to do that or not.”
Royal will get a chance to see the Hokies in person, when he visits Blacksburg for the November 1st contest versus Miami (FL). He may visit Tennessee for the game versus Marshall on September 6th. Both of those visits would be unofficial.
Royal will probably visit Virginia...
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