18 in 18: WR Leonte Carroo

The first wave of Rutgers football incoming freshmen are a week away from enrollment for summer classes. Getting ready for training camp, ScarletReport.com is happy to bring back its freshman "18 and 18" series. To continue the daily feature, ScarletReport.com spoke to outside wide receiver Leonte Carroo, who is one of three enrolling this weekend.

When Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) wide receiver Leonte Carroo arrives at Rutgers next week, it will feel like a homecoming. Carroo grew up in the shadows of Rutgers Stadium and will be living closer to home in college than he did in high school.

"I can't wait, just being on campus officially and starting my first classes," Carroo said. "I've been with my teammates probably 100 times, but to actually be with them and living with them and going to class with them, I just can't wait."

Carroo chose Rutgers over Penn State, California, Wisconsin and Boston College in a festive summer announcement last year. Like many recruits, Carroo had questions after the departure of coach Greg Schiano, but was one of the first to publicly reaffirm his commitment to the program.

At Rutgers, Carroo said he saw something no other school has.

"After watching them in the spring, I can definitely tell they're like a family and that didn't change with the new coaches," Carroo said. "They love each other and they have a bond together that I don't think any other team in the country has. They're always together and hanging out and helping each other and I can't wait to be a part of that. After watching the receivers, they're so talented."

Carroo has his work set out for him earning time as a true freshman, but plans to enter training camp ready to compete for a starting spot.

With established depth at the position and four freshmen receivers set to arrive this summer, Carroo expects a slugfest for playing time at the position.

"I'm going to compete from day one," Carroo said. "I'm definitely looking to be involved in special teams. Punt returns, punt blocks, field goal team, of course you want to play any way you can, but I want to earn the opportunity to play receiver as well."

The four-star wide receiver is set to enroll for the first session of summer classes alongside high-school teammate Darius Hamilton and Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derrick Nelson.

"I can't wait to start living with them," he said. "I actually stayed with Derrick when we were on our official visit. We stayed in the same dorm. And then Darius and me are best friends. We'll have lots of good times."

As a recruit, Carroo burst onto the scene as a junior, playing for the undefeated Ironmen. Before quarterback Gary Nova took over as the Rutgers starter, he was the quarterback for Don Bosco, with Carroo being his top target.

"It would mean a lot to play with Gary again," Carroo said. "When he was here, I had my best season and we won a national championship. We had such a good connection. Just to go out, even in practice or workouts, and catch a pass from my teammate, will feel like something special."

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