Cincinnati Elder tight end Joe Royer was offered by Ohio State on June 7 and decided not to waste much time in accepting that offer as he has now committed to the Buckeyes. He tweeted out the news Tuesday evening.
Royer (6-5 225) is a 3-star prospect who is ranked the No. 14 tight end in the 247Sports Composite and the No. 507 player overall.
The Composite also lists Royer as the No. 12 player in the state of Ohio, but 247’s own rankings like him quite a bit better, putting him at No. 2 in the state, the No. 3 tight end in the class, and the No. 201 player in the nation overall.
Royer committed to Ohio State over offers from Arizona State, Michigan, LSU, Michigan State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, and others.
He took an official visit to OSU over the weekend of June 21, and was one of three tight ends on official visits. He was joined by Texas prospect Jalin Conyers and Massachusetts prospect Cam Large. Large will be choosing between Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Conyers, meanwhile, has nine Crystal Ball projections cast, and all nine are pointing towards Oklahoma.
In Joe Royer’s highlights, he doesn’t generally line up as a tight end on the end of the line in Elder’s spread offense, but rather can be found out wide, in the slot, or flexed out.
Royer has received plenty of experience blocking out wide in space and is a talented blocker on screens. His size gives him an advantage over smaller defenders, as do his ball skills.
A natural pass catcher, Royer doesn’t fight the ball and can locate it over either shoulder. He will obviously require some time in the weight room, as all freshmen tight ends do. His commitment adds to the Buckeyes talented pass catcher haul in the 2020 class, as he joins receivers Julian Fleming, Gee Scott, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
— Joe Royer 🤡 (@JoeRoyer25) July 2, 2019