'2020-2023 TE - Joe Royer (Transfer to Cincy)

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    24/7SportsComposite:

    National: 201
    Tight End: 3
    Ohio: 2
     
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    Joe Royer and Jakob James
    Elder had some big wins in 2018, but it didn’t translate to the end result it was hoping for. It defeated a good Indianapolis Cathedral team, a Paris Johnson-led St. Xavier team and a shutout victory against Archbishop Moeller, where 2021 quarterback Malik Verdon plays. Verdon is getting looks from Ohio State. James secures the offensive front for Elder, and Royer seals the edge and is a reliable option in the passing game. James is coming off of shoulder surgery, so seeing whether he maintains the strength that is heralded around the Elder program is key for his 2019 season.

    First Game: at Lincoln, Aug. 30

    Game to Watch: at Winton Woods, Oct. 18

    Winton Woods went 13-2 last season and saw its season come to an end against Massillon, but it defeated Elder, 28-10, along the way. A trio of prospects – Miyan Williams, DeMeer Blankumsee and Miquan Grace – were all in talks with Ohio State as in-state recruits at some point during the 2020 cycle, and they were part of the core that made Winton Woods such a force in 2018. While Jakob James and Joe Royer won’t take them on much directly, the head-to-head matchup still holds true.
     
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    Joe Royer
    Another note to take away from the new ratings is that no one knows how to rate Elder tight end Joe Royer. 247Sports rates him No. 6 among tight ends, while Rivals released a list of the top 35 tight ends without him included.

    I’ve seen him play, and I don’t believe he is among the top-six tight ends, but I also don’t believe he is outside of the top-35 either. According to the composite ratings, he is No. 14, and that seems about right. Royer doesn’t seem like the tight end that will come into a program and serve in a role that Jimmy Graham introduced to the NFL – lining up as a receiver and being that deep-pass or redzone option, as if he’s a wide receiver in a tight end’s body.

    Royer can do some of those things to a certain extent. He can run routes, he can catch, he can block, he has some size. But he won’t define an offense. What he can do is serve a role that is given to him and work within it, which is what tight ends outside of the top-eight or so will need to do at the next level.
     
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    Elder defeated Union (Ky.) Ryle 49-7. Royer caught four touchdown passes - all in the first half.
     
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