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Four-star safety bolts Gamecocks for Rutgers

Sheldon Royster

As one of the highest-rated members of South Carolina’s 2011 recruiting class, Sheldon Royster was expected to make an impact on the defensive side of the ball for at least the next couple of years.

Instead, the safety will leave Columbia without ever playing a down for the Gamecocks.

According to Scout.com, Royster has decided to leave USC and will be transferring to Rutgers.  Royster, who was listed as the No. 2 free safety entering summer camp, was granted a release from his scholarship over the weekend.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, the New Jersey native will be forced to sit out the 2012 season but will have three seasons of eligibility beginning in 2013.

It should be noted that Rutgers has not confirmed the addition, although the Gamecocks did confirm earlier this week that Royster would be leaving the program.

Royster was one of six four-star members of USC’s 32-player 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 12 safety in the country.  He redshirted as a true freshman last season.

(Photo credit: USC athletics)

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14 Responses to “Four-star safety bolts Gamecocks for Rutgers”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 29, 2012 7:22 AM

    He’s leaving for one reason….mustard BBQ. Nobody can eat that crap. Lol

  2. mauldawg says: Aug 29, 2012 7:40 AM

    Rutgers Are you kidding me,Kid must not be as good as everyone said he was.

  3. cometkazie says: Aug 29, 2012 8:52 AM

    SC is the pits when it comes to BBQ.

  4. kozbee says: Aug 29, 2012 9:20 AM

    Georgia will rule the East SEC.
    @ comet

    When it comes to BBQ imo its in Georgia @ Sticky Fingers BBQ restaurant.

  5. glmore says: Aug 29, 2012 11:48 AM

    Doesn’t say a lot for BBQ in Georgia if a “chain” restaurant is the best in the state…..That’s like saying Pizza Hut has the best pizza!

  6. jonkybon says: Aug 29, 2012 11:55 AM

    I grew up believing the best BBQ in the SouthEast was at Johnny Harris in Savannah. Haven’t been in years though. One of my favorites now is the Smokin Pig outside of Clemson. Best BBQ brisquet I’ve ever eaten was in Houston.

  7. ghengy says: Aug 29, 2012 12:16 PM

    @ glmore

    Nuh uh, everybody knows Mr Gatti’s has the best pizza. LOL

  8. microbrewuga says: Aug 29, 2012 12:16 PM

    With all due respect to my counterpart, the best BBQ in GA is NOT Sticky Fingers. There are hundreds of places better. My favorite is a little shack, open only 3 days a week, in Warrenton GA. Don’t know the name because there is not a sign, but ask anyone in that little town were it is and they can direct you.

  9. ghengy says: Aug 29, 2012 12:37 PM

    NBC Sports really needs a BBQ Board, thats what they need by god. lmao

  10. nickynick04 says: Aug 29, 2012 2:35 PM

    I m from Pennsylvania so I can be objective. Mustard BBQ is not to my liking.
    Nor is vineger based…Yuk. But you can find awesome tomato based BBQ almost on any corner in South Carolina.
    As for the Gamecocks.
    I see them finishing with no more then 2 loses this year.
    I ve seen their scrimmages.
    The Gamecocks are no joke.

    also
    my hats off to the MEN who will take the field for Penn State this year.
    For those who left. Tell your kids and grand kids one day about your loyalty to fellow teammates. And the love of the game.

  11. benvincible says: Aug 29, 2012 3:14 PM

    First: Sheldon “The Oyster” Royster is easily replaced…

    Second: G.A. BBQ is “the pizza hut” of BBQ…

    Third: The players who left Penn St. are not gonna be telling their Grand-kids about Loyalty and love of the game…they will probably be telling them about how to invest their trust funds wisely…

    Fourth: Go back to Pennsylvania… you are not worthy of our Q…

  12. jonkybon says: Aug 30, 2012 9:35 AM

    @nickynick04 says:
    Aug 29, 2012 2:35 PM
    I m from Pennsylvania so I can be objective. Mustard BBQ is not to my liking.
    Nor is vineger based…Yuk. But you can find awesome tomato based BBQ almost on any corner in South Carolina.
    As for the Gamecocks.
    I see them finishing with no more then 2 loses this year.
    I ve seen their scrimmages.
    The Gamecocks are no joke.
    ____________________________

    Good luck with your quest for tomato based BBQ on any corner. In thirty plus years of living in SC, I’m not sure I’ve ever found a BBQ place that specializes in tomato based. The Eastern part of the state is predominantly vinegar based and the central is mustard. The West is predominatly rubbed with you selecting your own sauce from their options.

    As for your opinion of the Gamecocks, well, its as off as your description of BBQ in SC. The last few years they have been living off their defense. With the DC gone to Southern Miss, three of their starting DBs gone, their best two LBs gone and their best DT and DE from a year ago gone, it will be very very tough to match lasts years defense. Now their best DB recruit in the last three years transfers. They do return Clowney, but it still takes ten other guys.

    On offense Lattimore has just started running in the last four weeks. Will he ever be the same? ESPN doesn’t believe so. Their best WR is gone and no one looks that good from the rest. Their QB, Shaw couldn’t even make the Clemson or UGA team as a QB (fullback maybe). They do have a deep corp of RBs and some outstanding talent on the OL. Sorry, I doubt they finish in the top three in the SEC East as UGA, Mizz and UF are loaded.

    My prediction is UGA vs Alabama in the Ga Dome to see who wins the SEC title.

  13. jaxstate92 says: Aug 31, 2012 1:41 PM

    Come to Tuscaloosa and eat at Dreamland!!
    Then you will know what real Bar-b-que is like.
    They also have a location in Birmingham near UAB.

    The only other Place I Eat Bar-B-Que is at “Green Top”
    It’s on HWY 78 west , at the Walker And Jefferson County line!

    But every state has a great Bar-B-Q places, but I agree if a chain restaurant has your states best Bar-B-Q you have a problem!

  14. cometkazie says: Aug 31, 2012 2:22 PM

    jaxstate92 says:
    Aug 31, 2012 1:41 PM
    Come to Tuscaloosa and eat at Dreamland!!
    Then you will know what real Bar-b-que is like.
    +-+-+
    Dreamland busted in Baton Rouge. I understand their product was OK but it was BBQ or nothing, paper plates, plastic forks, poor service and busing.

    BR has too many really good restaurants to put up with mediocracy.

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