One of South Carolina's biggest remaining recruits has decided that he is ready to announce the college of his choice. This decision will be here extremely quick as Sheldon Royster, 4-star DB from New Jersey, announced today that he will be ready to make his decision known on Monday January 16th.
Royster has whittled down the finalists to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Rutgers. I think you can go ahead and eliminate North Carolina from this list. Royster has been all about South Carolina for the last few months and has built quite a relationship with this coaching staff and sees the need for a player of his caliber on campus in the fall. Rutgers is the home team that will have its draw for Royster. He's got several friends committed there or they are interested in playing there. I'm sure his family would prefer him to stay up north to be closer to home.
So where does he end up? I'm going to make my prediction and say South Carolina. I think GA Mangus has done a fantastic job in New Jersey this year and I think Royster will want to follow friend Damiere Byrd down south to the warm weather and SEC football. I believe he wants to play in the best conference in the land and I think we give him the best opportunity overall to give him a great college experience. He's got a chance to make the two-deep as a true freshman if he comes in prepared and knowledgeable of this USC defense.
I think Gamecock fans will be really happy on Monday and I think this will be another domino to fall in line leading up to the National Signing Day. Be sure to check back with Life of a Gamecock for all your recruiting needs.
Here's the PalmettoSports.com report:
By Phil Kornblut
DB Sheldon Royster of Jersey City, NJ will announce his college decision next Monday his coach said Monday. Royster is down to USC, North Carolina and Rutgers. He will visit North Carolina this weekend. "He's done his homework and is on the right path," Rich Hansen said. "He's looking at the georgraphy, BCS, style (of play), the recruiting class, and his comfort level with the staff." Hansen couldn't say if Royster had a favorite going into his final visit but indicated USC is strong with him. "He had a great trip there and enjoyed himself," the coach said. "He's excited about it. But he's going to North Carolina with an open mind." Royster will make that trip by himself. Hansen said he, Royster and Royster's mother will get together and make the decision on the school. No plan has been made yet as to how they will announce his choice