Milton High’s Julian Royal, one of the nation’s top 100 college basketball prospects, heard a lot of things from Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt during his official visit this past weekend.
One thing that really stuck out is that Hewitt considers Royal the “No. 1 recruiting priority” for Georgia Tech this year. The 6-foot-9 power forward is likely to decide between Georgia Tech and UGA, while also considering Wake Forest.
“[Being the top priority] was made very clear to us … no doubt about it,” said Royal’s father, Charles. “I was aware of some other kids they were interested in at some point but that apparently has dropped off. [Hewitt] made it clear that Julian was the guy they wanted above and all anything else. They even pulled out the depth chart, and if you look at it, it makes sense. It means a lot to Julian that Georgia Tech thinks so highly of him and has such big plans for him.”
Another important issue that was addressed during the visit was Georgia Tech’s social life for its students. Like most teenagers, Royal wants to attend a college where he can enjoy the social scene. Hewitt and his staff members talked about the subject.
“You constantly hear from people, and not just other college coaches trying to sway him away, that Atlanta is not a college town,” the elder Royal said. “You kind of identify Atlanta with being a city, but there are a lot of colleges down there and something always going on. If there’s nothing going on at Georgia Tech’s campus, then you can go right down the street to Georgia State, Morehouse, or Spelman. They were able to point that out in a nice way.”
Now Royal has visited archrivals Georgia Tech and UGA, which school has the lead for Royal’s services? “They were similar in a lot of ways. In some ways, I guess what it comes down to is this: Do you like the city or do you like the country? When you spend time walking around both college campuses, they are both very nice,” the elder Royal said.
“They are both great schools. Can you say that one is better than the other? I don’t know. I can’t say anything negative about either visit. I know Julian’s decision isn’t going to be an easy one. I guess we’ll wait and see how it all plays out.”
Royal will start working toward a decision after visiting his third finalist — Wake Forest — on Oct. 9.