Royal Ready to Begin Official Visits

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Eddie Royal ‘s official visit schedule took yet another turn last week, when he indicated he would now make an official visit to UVA on the weekend of January 17th. One of the state’s most talented players, the 5-10, 170 pound wide receiver prospect had previously indicated he would visit Tennessee this weekend and would visit UVA in the middle of a week.

The schools have now switched.

“I’ve got UVA this weekend,” Royal said. “Then I have Virginia Tech on the 23rd, Marshall on the 30th, Tennessee during the week sometime, and I might go to Cincinnati also. I know the person who just took the Head Coach job at Cincinnati, so they want me to come up and visit. They offered me already.”

Westfield Head Coach Tom Verbanic and Royal met last week and discussed what would be most important to his star prospect in his final schools. Following the discussion, the Cavaliers were moved to a weekend visit.

“UVA has a lot of what I’m looking for,” Royal said. “I sat down with my Head Coach and we went over what is important for me in my final schools. Their academics interest me a lot, because a degree from UVA is pretty good if it doesn’t work out in football.”

Previously, Royal had stated his concern with the Virginia offense, noting that they threw to the tight ends and running backs more than the receivers. The Virginia coaching staff has tried to address this concern, and has told Royal he would have a good chance to play early.

“I guess somewhat,” Royal said when asked if his concern with UVA’s passing game has been eased. “They broke it down for me, and they want me to play the position Marques Hagans plays. They said that spot will be open since he will be moved to quarterback next year. They want me to come in and compete for that position. They said there’s a really good chance to play as a true freshman.”

Virginia offered Royal in November of 2003, which was late relative to his other official scholarship offers. It appears the Cavaliers have gained some ground on the rest of his top four.

“Virginia’s doing a good job of catching up actually,” Royal said. “They have moved up on my list a lot, but they are still even with the rest of the schools. The official visits will be the deciding factor.”

The player/coach relationship will be one thing Royal studies closely during each of his official

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