Carroo Makes Unofficial Trip to Rutgers

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) receiver Leonte Carroo was offered by Rutgers in the fall, and he has been in frequent contact with the Scarlet Knights. Over the weekend, he made an unofficial visit to campus. He talked about his recruitment, whether he is close to making a decision, and what he wants in a college.

Rutgers is trying to develop a pipeline with Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), and took a step in that direction when quarterback Gary Nova and running back Paul Canevari signed with the Scarlet Knights earlier this month.

Another Ironmen player highly prized by the Scarlet Knights is class of 2012 receiver Leonte Carroo, who made an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Saturday and hung out with a few members of the 2011 class.

"I didn't get a chance to talk to the coaches that much," Carroo said, "but I got a chance to talk to a lot of the kids that signed, like Gary Nova and Savon Huggins."

Carroo holds 16 offers, including one from Rutgers, which along with North Carolina, Boston College and Virginia are recruiting him with the most zeal. He attended Rutgers' junior day and has been in frequent contact with the staff, but he is not close to making a decision.

"I'm nowhere near close to committing," he said. "All of (the schools to offer) are pretty much open. I don't have a favorite at this point. I think I will definitely have a favorite after I go on a few visits."

Carroo is coming off a strong junior season in which he caught 44 passes for 1,035 yards and 14 touchdowns as the Ironmen went 12-0 and won the state's non-public Group IV title.

Although he can also play cornerback, the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder said every school is recruiting him to play the same spot.

"I've been playing receiver since I was a little kid," Carroo said. "That's always been my position, and I think I do a pretty good job playing it. If a college coach needed me to play a different position, I'd play it, but I would prefer wide receiver."

Carroo, who lives down the street from Rutgers Stadium, said he grew up with LSU as his favorite team, but is now a college football fan without a favorite school. He also has some early thoughts about what he wants out of a school.

"Just great communication with the coaches and (when) checking out the campus, how the family atmosphere is," Carroos said. "I know (Saturday) night at the (basketball) game, a lot of fans were chanting ‘Savon Huggins.' That's a pretty good feeling."

Although Nova and Canevari see Carroo on a daily basis, neither is pressuring him to follow them to Rutgers.

"They really just told me to go where your heart is, follow your heart, and don't let anyone decide where you should go," Carroo said. "Gary said don't let him and Paul influence me and a couple of my other teammates, and to go where your heart is, and enjoy the recruiting process and have fun with it."

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