Royal Helps Westfield to Title Game

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Westfield (Chantilly, VA) wide receiver Eddie Royal may be the most explosive player in the state of Virginia. He demonstrated this earlier this week, when Westfield defeated Hylton 24-14 in the Virginia AAA Division 6 semifinal.

In the game, Royal caught two difficult and long passes of 43 and 52 yards, both of which helped set up touchdowns.

“It was a tough game,” Royal said. “We struggled at first. They have the best defense we’ve seen all year long.”

What makes Royal so good is not just his elusiveness and speed. He spends many hours studying film, which would really help him in the game versus Hylton.

“I love watching film all the time,” Royal said. “I watched a lot of film on Hylton, and I saw that double moves worked against them. On one of the deep passes, I ran a post but I faked a post corner. I started the route inside, made a move to the outside, and cut sharply back inside. They are so aggressive that they jumped on the outside move. Sean [Glennon] laid it in to me perfectly and I caught the pass.”

This Saturday, Westfield takes on Landstown in the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship game (held at the University of Richmond Stadium). Royal has already begun to breakdown film of Landstown, which includes fellow wide receiver prospect Jeremy Gilchrist.

Once Westfield’s season ends, Royal is looking forward to getting his recruiting process underway. He had scheduled an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, however cannot make the trip because of the championship game. Tennessee and Virginia Tech coaches were at his school yesterday.

“I talked with Coach [Lorenzo] Ward from Virginia Tech, and Tennessee also stopped by my school,” Royal said. “Coach Ward was cool. We joked around a lot and had a lot of fun. I’m cool with him, and I’m cool with the Tennessee coach as well.”

UVA and Marshall stopped by Westfield last week, and Royal has a good relationship with coaches from those schools as well.

“I’m cool with Coach [Al] Golden from Virginia and the Marshall coaches, who have been there from the beginning,” Royal said. “I’m probably the closest right now with Virginia Tech and Marshall.”

Royal has set official visits to Virginia for January 16-18, Virginia Tech for January 23-25, and Marshall for