Westfield (Chantilly, VA) wide receiver Eddie Royal made his first official visit this weekend, as he went to the University of Virginia. The talented prospect had a great official visit, noting the time he spent with Coach Al Groh as well as the players as the highlights of his weekend.
“It was a lot of fun,” Royal said. “I spent a lot of time with the head man, Al Groh. He showed me the playbook and said they run an NFL style of offense that’s similar to the Philadelphia Eagles. I spent a lot of time with Marques Hagans, Alvin Pearman, Fontel Mines, and Deyon Williams also. I got along with the players and the coaches. I really got along with the players…I really like Marques Hagans. He’s a great player…if I went there, it doesn’t seem like it would be fair (laughs).”
Coach Groh showed Royal where he would play if he chose the Cavaliers, which would be a position similar to the one Marques Hagans played last season. Hagans is the front-runner for the starting quarterback position next season.
“They said they’d want me in the Z position,” Royal said. “That is the slot guy. I would play everywhere, in the role that Marques Hagans played last year. I’d return punts and kicks like he did. Marques said he wants me to be the playmaker for them.”
One of the main factors Royal is looking for in each official visit is how comfortable he feels with the campus and the entire program. It appears Virginia measured up to the task this weekend.
“I felt like I fit right in,” Royal said. “Honestly before the visit I didn’t think I would, but I did feel comfortable there. I felt like I fit right in with everyone there.”
When Virginia offered in November, Royal indicated the Cavaliers had some ground to make up because they waited so long to extend a scholarship offer. Virginia has made up the ground it lost and appears to be right in the mix for one of the state’s top prospects.
“I think so,” Royal said when asked if UVA has made up ground. “It’s not even an issue any more. I can tell they are really interested in me, and that they actually want me to go there.”
While the visit was a success on both sides, Royal indicated he does not want to name a leader until all of his official visits are complete. He will go to Virginia Tech next weekend, Cincinnati during the week following, and finishes with Marshall on the weekend of January 31st. Tennessee may receive an official visit, however that is in question right now.
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