Owens Bonds with Top Rutgers Receiver

Reading (Pa.) wide receiver Dontae Owens spent valuable time with Leonte Carroo during his Rutgers official visit. What advice did a veteran receiver have for an incoming freshman? Owens detailed everything Rutgers after returning home Sunday from an official visit.

Reading (Pa.) receiver Dontae Owens spent the weekend with a role model on his Rutgers official visit. He is “more than ready” for National Signing Day after his Sunday return home.

Leonte Carroo was my host, so that was definitely good,” Owens said. “I’ve seen him play and I kind of look up to him. After I’ve seen him and gotten to know him, I know he’s the kind of guy that I want to be.”

Carroo, who announced a senior season return after he broke records as a junior, offered simple advice for Owens.

“What he told me was just to be myself,” Owens said. “Just ball out and don’t hold anything back. Don’t play scared.”

Owens’ 48 hours on campus included a trip to New York and two nights with his future teammates.

That included Elmwood Park (N.J.) quarterback Michael Dare – the first 2015 commitment.

“It was great to get to know him because he’s a down-to-earth guy,” Owens said. “It’s going to be cool to have him as my quarterback.”

Owens gave the visit high marks on a whole. He said he is ready to go for National Signing Day as Reading (Pa.) celebrates his road to the Big Ten.

“I liked my official visit,” Owens said. “Everybody was nice to me. The recruits and the players were cool guys. … My favorite part of the weekend would be going over all of the football with [receivers coach Ben] McDaniels. Outside of football, he’s a nice polite guy. When it gets to football, it gets intense. It gets passionate.”

McDaniels put in a good word for the New England Patriots on Owens’ way out the door as he prepares to watch brother Josh McDaniels coach the Patriots’ offense in the Super Bowl.

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