Royal Shuffles Visits

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Westfield (Chantilly, VA) wide receiver Eddie Royal has re-scheduled his official visit to the University of Tennessee. Originally scheduled for the weekend of December 13th, he will now visit the Volunteers on January 16th-18th.

The move means that Royal’s official visit to Virginia, which was scheduled for January 16th, will likely be moved to a mid-week trip.

“I decided to give Tennessee a weekend because I’ve never seen them before,” Royal said. “It wasn’t a knock on Virginia, I’ve just never seen Tennessee before and that was the only weekend I could go. I’ll have to visit Virginia during the week sometime, but I don’t know the date yet. I want to get down there [to Virginia], although I do think I’ve been there enough times to know everything about it.”

The Cavaliers have been trying to make a recent push for the explosive Royal. Virginia officially offered him a scholarship during the month of November.

“Coach [Al] Groh called me and was basically telling me how young their team is, and that they need more explosiveness at wide receiver,” Royal said. “It’s still a little bit of a concern for me that they throw so much to the tight ends and running backs, but he said they just need players like me to stretch the field more. I guess they are trying to step up their recruitment a little bit.”

In addition to Tennessee and Virginia, Royal plans on making official visits to Virginia Tech (January 23-25) and Marshall (January 30-February 1). The Washington Post All-Metro Player of the Year on offense will likely make his decision around Signing Day.

Royal currently claims no favorites among the four.

“I’d say they are all even,” Royal said. “They are even because I really haven’t been thinking much about recruiting at all during the break. I’ll take my visits and see what happens from there.”

Royal watched Virginia Tech play California in last Friday’s Insight Bowl but missed UVA’s performance in yesterday’s Continental Tire Bowl. He hopes to watch Tennessee in the Peach Bowl to get a better feel for how he fits into their system.

“I saw Tech threw the ball a lot more,” Royal said of the Insight Bowl. “It was a tough one to lose because their defense didn’t play well, but the offense played pretty good and it was more open.”

As a senior, Royal made 41 catches for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns.