PalmettoSports.com has a new article up on DB Sheldon Royster and the potential final official visits he may skip. Royster has scheduled visits to North Carolina and Michigan set up in January but it appears he may skip out on those visits. This seems to fall in line with what's been out there the past few weeks that this was essential a USC/Rutgers battle for this top defensive propsect. Royster has several connections to Rutgers with some friends and teammates looking to go there and he's from New Jersey. It makes a lot of sense for him to stay at his hometown team but South Carolina has done a fantastic job with Royster and selling him on everything that USC has to offer.
Royster would be afforded almost immediate playing time. The USC secondary struggled greatly in 2010 and needs an influx of new blood to help solidify a once dominant part of South Carolina football. I also think Royster has a better chance at championships at USC compared to Rutgers. USC won the SEC East and made it to the SEC Championship Game this year. The team returns a lot of talent in 2011 and is already expected to be a repeat contender for next season. Royster would help add more playmaking ability at the DB position and further increase the talent level on campus.
There are both positives and negatives to both schools in this battle but I'm thinking Royster will eventually choose USC. It appears a decision may come soon so USC could stand to gain a commitment from Royster in a few weeks. GA Mangus recruits up north heavily and should definitely be given some thanks if Royster comes down south. Look out for this story to unfold here in the next few weeks and we'll be sure to pass along any update we come across.
By Phil Kornblut
A source close to DB Sheldon Royster of Jersey City, NJ said earlier this week Royster was thinking about not taking his scheduled official visits in January to Michigan and North Carolina. That would leave him with a decision between USC and Rutgers, two schools he has visited. Royster is playing in the Chesapeake Bowl in Maryland this week, and he confirmed to the website ScarletNation.com that he's not sure he'll make the January trips. The report indicated Royster could have a decision sooner than later, perhaps as soon as this weekend, though Royster would not give a specific date for an announcement.