Carroo Ready to Announce College Choice

Four-star wide receiver Leonte Carroo told that he has made his college decision and is simply waiting to make it official Saturday night with hundreds of family and friends in attendance. Carroo spoke with about the recent interest in Penn State, his finalists and details for his announcement.

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) wide receiver Leonte Carroo cannot wait to get his decision off his chest. Juggling droves of scholarship offers and talking with so many people is getting tiresome for the four-star wide receiver and he is ready to move to the next step.

"I've pretty much made up my mind," Carroo said. "I spoke with my family after I got back from my Penn State visit and made the final decision between them and the other four schools. I'm happy with my decision and confident it's the right one."

Carroo told his family, two teammates and one Don Bosco coach about his decision earlier in the week, but said that everyone else will have to wait until Saturday.

"Obviously I wanted my family to know," Carroo said. "I told two of my teammates too because I'm going to start working on them to get this thing rolling."

Penn State, California, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Boston College are the five schools in the mix for Carroo. The Nittany Lions came into the picture very late, but Carroo said he has a strong interest in the program.

While visiting a family function with teammate Mike Yankovich's near State College, Pa., Carroo called the coaching staff to arrange a visit. Carroo frequently stays with Yankovich's family to cut down on commute time to school and said they urged him to keep his mind open and look at as many schools as possible before his decision.

"I was 20 minutes away, so I was like ‘why not? Let's check out Penn State,'" Carroo said. "It was a really great trip. I got a chance to meet the greatest coach of all time. I couldn't ask for more."

Carroo spent time with Stephen Obeng-Agyapong and enjoyed the visit enough to add a fifth school to his final list.

"Penn State had actually not offered any of the Bosco guys because they didn't have our transcripts," Carroo said. "So I got mine sent over and they offered on my visit."

Playing close to home has been a top interest for Carroo and his family since he received his first offer more than a year ago.

Carroo lives one town over from the Rutgers football facilities and holds the school in high regard.

Along with two former teammates on the team, Gary Nova and Paul Canevari, Carroo is close with assistant Jeff Hafley, who recruits North Jersey.

"I love Rutgers every time I visit," he said. "It's so close and it reminds me of Bosco in a lot of ways."

Close relationships with members of the California and Boston College coaching staffs are the biggest draws with those two schools. At Wisconsin, need at the receiver position interests him, Carroo said.

Wherever Carroo decides, he said he plans to recruit teammates Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright. All three hold Rutgers in high regard.

Carroo's announcement will be at 9 p.m. Saturday. will be on-hand with live updates.

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