Carroo Discusses Month Since Commitment

SOMERVILLE, N.J. — Four-star wide receiver Leonte Carroo became the second of the Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) "Fab Five" to announce his college decision when he picked Rutgers earlier in the summer. took in a pair of scrimmages for Don Bosco in the last week and discussed life after commitment with Carroo.

SOMERVILLE, N.J. — Peace and quiet are the themes of Leonte Carroo's month since his verbal commitment to Rutgers.

The four-star wide receiver announced his verbal commitment to Rutgers Aug.6 at a large party in front of friends, family and media, but actually decided on the Scarlet Knights in early July. Since then, Carroo said he enjoys quieter evenings after football activities end.

"Everything has been peaceful," Carroo said at one of Don Bosco Prep's (Ramsey, N.J.) three preseason scrimmages. "I haven't been getting nearly as many phone calls, which is nice. I just talk to ... my future coaches some. Other than that, everything's been fine. I'm trying to bring in some other players from other high schools along with my current teammates. I want to help build something special at Rutgers."

Carroo said the only contact he has with recruiters since his commitment comes from Rutgers, where he speaks with head coach Greg Schiano and assistants P.J. Fleck and Jeff Hafley.

"We still just talk about whatever," Carroo said. "I talk about me getting there and that I'm excited to come there next year. They tell me about how the team's doing and what's going on and I talk about my life and everything at Don Bosco."

Former teammates Gary Nova's and Paul Canevari's early reviews from Rutgers make Carroo more excited to get there, he said.

"Gary was really excited when I told him I was coming," Carroo said. "Gary really helped me get where I am now because he was such a good quarterback for us last season. He and Paul love it up there.

"It sounds like he's doing very well from what the coaches tell me and what Gary says. It will be fun to watch him play at a game this year because I think he will get to play. Gary said he loves throwing to Brandon Coleman because that kid is huge."

In two scrimmages, Carroo recorded more than 250 receiving yards from quarterback and best friend Mike Yankovich to go along with five touchdowns.

And Carroo did it while battling a groin injury.

"It felt good to play again," Carroo said after Don Bosco manhandled St. Josephs Prep (Philadelphia). "It was a good start to the season for me and for my team. It's fun going out there and playing with them because I only have so many more opportunities. We need to be crisp and perfect for when we start the season."

Though Carroo's recruitment is over, he said he plans to work as hard as he can to bring in teammates Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright.

"I tell them the same things that Gary Nova told me," Carroo said. "Think about what we can do and what it would mean to keep things home and do it in New Jersey. Stay home."

Along with Carroo's three senior teammates, he said he talks to highly-touted recruits Devin Fuller and Quanzell Lambert.

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