Carroo Eyes Weekend Official Visit

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Four-star wideout Leonte Carroo was the first of the Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quartet to make his college choice. The Rutgers commit, who played a key role in the Saturday state tile victory, has his official visit set for this weekend and spoke to about recruiting his teammates and winning it all.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No matter the personal situation, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) four-star wide receiver Leonte Carroo is all about his team.

Carroo's first thoughts after winning his fourth state championship Saturday at MetLife Stadium were of what it meant for teammate and close friend Mike Yankovich.

And with Carroo's official visit to Rutgers planned for this weekend, the 14th member of the coach Greg Schiano's recruiting class cares more about helping his future team than enjoying himself.

"I can't wait for that Friday and Saturday night," Carroo said at midfield after winning the state title. "I'm excited to have a good time with some future teammates, but I'm also coming there to work. There are some guys coming that I would love to play with. When I committed, I wanted to help recruit some more great players and that's what the official visit is all about."

Carroo will be on campus with many top prospects including four-star middle linebacker Quanzell Lambert from Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) and three-star receiver Ian Thomas from Franklin High School (Reisterstown, Md.).

The most important prospects in Carroo's eyes, however, are three of his teammates —Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright.

"I love these guys so much," Carroo said. "They're my best friends and my brothers and I wouldn't want to play with any other teammates. I love those guys and I promised myself I'd do everything I can to be able to play with some of them for another four years."

Carroo caught six passes and blocked a punt in his team's 42-14 victory over Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.).

Carroo, who lives with Yankovich during the week to shorten his commute to and from school, said the credit goes to his starting quarterback.

"People don't understand what kind of guy Mike is," Carroo said. "Mike's a great quarterback that everybody under-rates and he's like my brother. [Winning] is a great feeling because I'm just so happy for my teammates and to know all my hard work paid off. We went out with a big bang. Bergen and Bosco, that's a tradition and it doesn't get any better than that."

Rutgers quarterback and former Don Bosco star Gary Nova watched Carroo from the sidelines. Rutgers assistants P.J. Fleck, Jeff Hafley, Robb Smith, Phil Galiano and Bob Fraser also watched the action.

"From Gary to all my future coaches, it was great to see them and share this moment with them," Carroo said. "It's such a great feeling knowing all of the support that I have because I chose the right college."

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