Two-Deep Analysis: WR Leonte Carroo

With spring camp over, ScarletReport.com is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at receiver Leonte Carroo.

Wide receiver Leonte Carroo had one of the most memorable commitment ceremonies in recent Rutgers history and made one of the marquee plays of the 2012 season with a blocked punt to help Rutgers reach 7-0 by beating Temple.

Carroo made his biggest impact on special teams as a true freshman and now looks to bring his four-star talents to the wide receiver position in 2013.

Spring Performance -- Carroo's offensive role greatly expanded in his first spring camp with the Scarlet Knights. Primarily a special teams player as a true freshman, new offensive coordinator Ron Prince and wide receivers graduate assistant Matt Simon put Carroo in a position to make plays.

With a long-term playing relationship built in with starting quarterback Gary Nova, Carroo has a pre-existing comfort level, hundreds of hours practice experience and a spring-game touchdown to build upon in training camp.

Expected 2013 Role -- Carroo will play a key role in the 2013 wide receiver rotation and a special teams impact player. Rutgers is a program that prides itself on special teams production and Carroo did that both in kick coverage and on punt block as a true freshman. Look for Carroo's receiver role to expand as a sophomore with the speed to be a deep-play threat and the strength and quickness to become a weapon over the middle.

Scouting Report -- Carroo is a thick, powerful 6-foot-2 athlete with impressive running ability. His mix of strength and quickness makes him a threat after the catch and one of the prime over-the-middle targets for the 2013 offense.

Carroo is built like an outside linebacker and can hit like one against smaller defensive backs in run blocking. To take the next step, Carroo has to improve his separation at the line of scrimmage and catching in traffic. With minimal opportunities as a true freshman, a deeper role in the offense and in the playbook is needed to take the expected step to impact receiver. Carroo showcased circus catch ability in the spring.

The Bottom Line -- A multi-time state champ at Don Bosco Prep, Carroo came to Rutgers ahead of the curve. His unique physical tools and experience with Nova put him in position to evolve into an impact receiver.


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