Carroo Anchors State Champs; Talks Recruiting

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. -- Four-star receiver Leonte Carroo of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) anchored the 4 X 400 team that won the title at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Afterward, he spoke to about the meaning of the win, went in-depth on a Saturday visit to Rutgers and also unveiled one of his top five schools.

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – Four-star receiver Leonte Carroo saw the goal posts, and knew it was time to make his move.

It had nothing to do with football, but rather the last turn on the anchor leg of the 4 X 400 relay at Monday's continuation of the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.

Running in second and on the shoulder of Oakcrest High's anchor, Carroo made the move for the home stretch and gave a big finishing kick to run a 47.2-second final leg and lift fifth-seeded Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) to the state title in a time of 3:15.87.

"In the 400 I usually run about 48, but after seeing my teammates come down the home stretch very hard, I knew that I had to do something from inside of me and do it for my teammates," Carroo said. "I'm very excited. You can almost compare it to a state championship in football. We are state champs in football, and state champs in the 4 X 400."

Balancing track and football recruiting can be a difficult process, but Carroo is about to combine the two.

"I plan on making a top five by the end of June, after I get out and make some visits," the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Carroo said. "I don't know where yet. I'm still trying to get around this track schedule, and I'm going out to Oregon for Nike Nationals, and since it's going to be on Oregon's campus, I'm going to see a couple of coaches there."

Although Carroo doesn't know what his top five will look like, one school is definitely making it.

"Rutgers," he said. "Rutgers is there. I'm going to base my top five off the relationship I have with the coaches now, and who I talk to daily and things like that."

The relationship forged between Carroo and members of the Scarlet Knights' staff is already strong, and it was strengthened even more when he made an unofficial visit to campus Saturday to hang out with other recruits.

"It was really fun. It was pretty much like a Bosco-fest," Carroo said. "There were like 12, 14 Bosco guys there, and we were all just having a good time, hanging out with the coaches, getting to see our former players (and Rutgers freshmen) like Gary Nova and Paul Canevari, and we actually got to see their dorm. It was really fun, a really good time."

Staying close to home could be a factor for Carroo, who lives in Piscataway.

"Living right around the corner, I hear the games from my house, I always come to the games," he said. "With it being so close to home, having a pretty sick grandma, she wouldn't have anything better than to have me stay home. So, it does help."

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