Only a couple weeks removed from Oregon’s 6A State Title game and we have our first high profile transfer of the off season. Sophomore Marqueese Royster (6-1 260 OL/DL), of state champion Lake Oswego, will be transferring to Central Catholic. Royster comes in ranked the #13 athlete on our Top 85 recruit list for the class of 2014.
Royster split time over the season with an extremely talented group of Lakers good enough to win the state title. He is the son of former Pitt and Portland St star Marcus Royster, but that’s just part of the family tree. Evan Royster is currently with the Redskins, and Mazio Royster is his fathers twin and played at USC before stints with Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.
It doesn’t stop there. Jerry Royster was a fixture in Major League Baseball for 20+ years, and his cousin is Titus Teague a cornerback at Louisville. You can’t help but take a step back a appreciate how much athletic talent resides in one family. It even covers multiple sports.
This decision was not easy and Marqueese had nothing but positive and appreciative things to say, ” I would just like to say that LO is a great community and school district, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards all of my teachers and coaches” , Royster continued ” winning a state title with my teammates is a memory I will always treasure, but looking ahead my parents feel Central Catholic is a better fit for me academically and socially”.
Nothing about this choice was easy, but Marqueese says “we believe that the environment will allow me to maximize my potential development as a student athlete”.
Central Catholic gets a huge boost to its D line with the departure of two D1 commits in Player of the Year Alex Balducci (Oregon) and Jacob Nall (Portland St). CC brings back a defense that could be the state’s best if they can sure up the line. D1 commit Dallin Leavitt (BYU) is back as are other all conference kids such as Beau Duronslet (SB/DB Jr), Xavier Griggs (LB Jr), Aidan Wilder (ATH So), Conner Humphreys (OL/DL So), and Fergus Fredrickson (DL/OL Jr.).
Steve Coury has done a phenomenal job building a class program from top to bottom. Transfers are never easy, but CC will be getting a special kid with a ridiculous upside. Marqueese was invited to try out for team USA’s 17 and under squad later this month, 200 invitations were given and 100 kids will be selected so we will keep you posted.
We wish Marqueese and all of the Royster’s health and success moving forward, and will continue to look at LO and CC as two of the premier football programs in the Northwest.