Spotlight 2013: DB Kyle LaPorte

SOMERVILLE, N.J. — In a preseason scrimmage as Piscataway prepares for its opener against Edison, junior cornerback Kyle LaPorte spoke with to update his recruitment. Find out how involved Rutgers is with the Class of 2013 defensive back.

SOMERVILLE, N.J. — In Kyle LaPorte's first scrimmage of the season, he received one of his toughest tests as a cornerback.

In a tri-scrimmage against Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), the rising Piscataway High School junior matched up one-on-one with Leonte Carroo.

Carroo, who verbally committed to Rutgers last month, held double-digit Division I scholarship offers and is a four-star recruit.

LaPorte surrendered just one downfield catch against Carroo in four drives.

"I think I did pretty well," LaPorte said on his first action of the season. "I wanted to challenge myself and Carroo gave me that. He got me once or twice, but I was happy with how I matched up against him. It doesn't get any more challenging than practicing against Don Bosco to get ready. ... Carroo has a big body structure and he runs well. I learned about myself that I can be competitive right now with the stronger, top-level receivers."

LaPorte, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback, holds a Penn State verbal scholarship offer and said he hears frequently from Florida, Miami and Rutgers.

On Rutgers, LaPorte said he has a good relationship. High Point Solutions Stadium and Piscataway Township high School are just four miles apart, so communication is not an issue.

"I talk to coach Robb Smith and coach Jeff Hafley," LaPorte said on Rutgers. "They're both really cool. They want me around the program. They treat me like family already and I respect that."

LaPorte's lone offer going into the season is from Penn State, but he said he hopes to visit a Rutgers game this year and pick up an offer.

Rutgers already offered Class of 2013 teammate Nadir Barnwell and hauled in three recruits from Piscataway since 2007 — Anthony Davis, Marvin Booker and Jawaun Wynn.

"They already have to Piscataway guys on the roster, plus they offered Nadir," he said. "Hopefully mine is coming soon because it's a great relationship between us and Rutgers."

On his Penn State offer, LaPorte said, "It was a really good experience. I was pretty shocked because I wasn't expecting anything like that this early. I look at it as an honor, but I have to stay humble and work hard if I want more schools to offer me."

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