Earlier today, Westfield wide receiver Eddie Royal announced for Virginia Tech over Marshall and UVa. The star prospect appears very relieved to have his recruiting process completed.
“After I called the other coaches and told them I would not be going to their schools, I just felt like a happier person,” Royal said. He informed all three schools of his choice following his press conference. “Now it’s all off my shoulders. Now, my goal is to stay focused in the classroom and work hard in the weight room to get ready for college.”
The decision was a tough one. Originally scheduled to announce on Monday of this week, Royal postponed his press conference to today following an excellent official visit to Marshall. In the end, the choie became clear for the state’s top offensive prospect.
“After I thought more and more about it, I just figured Virginia Tech would be the best place for me,” Royal said. “I have family there with my sister, it’s big-time football, and I really have a great relationship and feel comfortable with the coaches. The more I thought about it, the choice just became clear to me.”
Royal indicated that his decision came down to Tech and Marshall, primarily because of the family factor. In addition to his sister attending Tech, Eddie’s brother Chris is a sophomore defensive back at Marshall.
“In the end, it was probably between Virginia Tech and Marshall, and family did have a lot to do with it,” Royal said. “I tried to ignore it, but every time I thought about my decision it kept coming back to me. Family is really important to me.”
Royal says the fact that his teammate Sean Glennon had chosen Virginia Tech had some influence on his decision as well.
“Sean’s pretty much family, so he was involved in my decision,” Royal said. “It’s going to be a hard time in college, and knowing I’ll go through it with my sister and Sean is going to be a big help.”
At 5-10, 170 pounds, Royal is a very explosive receiver. He has the ability to play early, however he will take a wait-and-see approach with regards to playing time.
“I want to play early, but I’m not going to force it,” Royal said. “If I don’t feel like I know the playbook very well, then I might need to sit out.”
Academically, Royal still has yet to qualify although he feels he can indeed meet...
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