With Westfield off to a 3-0 start to the 2003 season, wide receiver Eddie Royal is very happy. Well, he could be happier. Due to an explosive running game, the star receiver has not had the chance to get off to the hot start he envisioned.
For example, in Wednesday night’s 35-7 victory over Thomas Jefferson, Westfield threw the ball only four times. Like any quality playmaker, Royal wants to get as many touches as possible.
“Our offensive line has really been kicking butt this year,” said Royal, who has 11 catches for 190 yards on the year. “We are off to a great start. Because our line has been so good, we have run a lot more this season. It’s funny, every time we call a running play me and Sean [Glennon] give each other the look of disappointment. I’m sure we’ll open it up as the year goes on and I’m happy that we’re winning.”
Royal has made his impression on special teams while the running game dominates defenses. Against Thomas Jefferson, he returned one punt 70 yards for a score and would have had another if he had not slipped in the open field.
He is also making an impression as a blocker. Months of weight room work has paid off for the 5-10, 175 pound Royal.
“I worked out a lot this summer and I’m definitely seeing the difference,” said Royal. “I’m throwing around the cornerbacks that I block and I can break a lot more tackles.”
In recruiting, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Marshall, and Kent State remain Royal’s only five offers. Virginia, South Carolina, and Maryland are among the other schools heavily recruiting the Westfield star.
Recently Royal set up his first official, which will be to Tennessee. He is still thinking about which other schools he will see.
“I set up a visit to Tennessee for December 12th,” said Royal. “Some of the other schools I’m looking at visiting are Virginia Tech, Marshall, and I want to see Syracuse. Those are just the schools off the top of my head, and those aren’t set yet. I’ve already been to Virginia Tech and Marshall [on unofficial visits] so I know a lot about them. I don’t have a leader, and I’m still going to take all five official visits.”
Virginia could be in the mix as well, however the fact that they Cavaliers have not yet offered is hurting their chances.
“The fact that Virginia has not offered yet is hurting them seriously,” said Royal. “I sent them my transcripts. They should have those by now so I don’t know what they are waiting on. If they do offer, I would consider them but they would have...
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