Carroo Believes in Rutgers

Formally announcing his decision tonight, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) never decommitted from Rutgers and plans to sign with the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday. Carroo discussed his decision to stay at Rutgers after the coaching change with ScarletReport.com.

When Leonte Carroo first committed to Rutgers during the summer, it was at a party with more than 100 friends and family. When he publically reaffirmed his commitment tonight, it was in similar dramatic fashion.

At a Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) team banquet with his team, seniors passed the microphone and spoke of their plans for next season. When Carroo's turn came, he said the same thing he told his friends in August.

"I basically said ‘I'm currently committed to Rutgers University and I want to say I committed to Rutgers because it was a great thing for my family and for the fans and the players and the coaching staff,'" Carroo said. "I'm going to stay at Rutgers no matter what because it's more than just Coach Schiano."

Carroo wanted to make his decision known publicly to help bring in the rest of the Class of 2012, including close friend and teammate Darius Hamilton, who will announce his choice on Tuesday night.

"I think that all of this will mean something to other commits," Carroo said. "Because I'm staying and other guys are staying, we're building our bond and we're going to keep this class together."

Carroo was close with coach Greg Schiano during his recruitment, but also formed close bonds with assistants P.J. Fleck and Jeff Hafley and former teammates Gary Nova and Paul Canevari.

Carroo said he hopes as many assistants stick with the program as possible and is happy that Rutgers will remain a pro-style program. But no matter what, he knows he will have teammates that care about him, he said.

"Everything about that place is really, really good for me," Carroo said. "I've loved everything about Rutgers so far. The kids that are already there, including my former teammates, they treat me like I'm already a part of the team. That was most of it for me."


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