18 in 18: WR Carlton Agudosi

The ScarletReport.com "18 in 18" series continues today with Franklin (Somerset, N.J.) wide receiver Carlton Agudosi. After receiving an offer and committing 12 months ago, Agudosi hit the books hard to put himself in great position to qualify academically for the 2012-13 school year.

Franklin (Somerset, N.J.) wide receiver Carlton Agudosi has been upfront about his goal to improve his grades and get to Rutgers ever since committing to the Scarlet Knights 12 months ago.

With enrollment in sight, less than one month away, Agudosi has put himself in great position to join the program.

Agudosi made the honor roll last semester and did well on his university placement tests, he said, and just needs to finish his last marking period strong to lock it up.

"A lot of people didn't think I would get to where I am now," Agudosi said. "A lot of people didn't think I had a chance. But my teachers stuck with me and my coaches and I've been working really hard to have a good senior year."

The hard work for Agudosi, a 6-foot-6 three-star wide receiver, does not stop with hitting the books. Since ending his high-school career in a Thanksgiving loss to Piscataway, Agudosi has been hard at work in the weight room to get in shape for college.

"I'm doing everything," Agudosi said. "I'm running, lifting, footwork drills, working out every day. You can't totally be ready for training camp. That's what I was told by some of the guys that are in the program. All I can do is be in the best shape I can be and ready to compete. It's a tough process for anyone, so I need to be in tip-top shape.

"It's been a long process, but I'm just ready to move on to the next part of my life and play football at the next level."

Agudosi is one of four wide receivers coming into an already-crowded position. Joining the program along with Ruhann Peele, Leonte Carroo and Ian Thomas, he expects a battle to see the field this season.

"It's going to be a lot of competition with all of those guys," he said. "I believe that I'm the best just like Brandon Coleman believes that he's the best. We all have winning attitudes. I'm going to bring the same thing. We're all going to help each other out and put the pieces together. I feel like we can be the best receivers in the country.

"I love practice. A lot of guys just like games, but I'm a big practice player. The competition is going to push me really hard. Getting better and preparing better is how you win games. In high school, I just didn't see the kind of competition that I'm going to see this summer. I love everything about that."

Agudosi verbally committed to former coach Greg Schiano, but never wavered during the late January coaching search. Agudosi planned to sign with Rutgers regardless of the head coach, but was pleased with head coach Kyle Flood took over.

"He's a great coach and I've seen that with my own eyes," Agudosi said. "He's a funny guy. He relaxes when he can, but he's still on you and intense. He's going to be great to play for. I don't think I've ever met a coach like him."

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