Leonte Carroo: Why I Stayed

CHICAGO -- Although a first-round draft grade would have likely meant a different choice, Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo said his return for a senior season was the right decision. Carroo spoke with Scout about why he is back for a fourth college season and what makes 2015 a potential big season.

Watch and read what Leonte Carroo said about his decision to stay at Rutgers as a senior and finish what he started as a four-star prospect in 2011 out of Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep.

Carroo on the decision…

“After beating Maryland and beating North Carolina and the energy off those two wins, I knew that this following season was going to be something special. I went right up to coach Flood after the game and gave him a hug and I said ‘I’m going to come back.’

“I went in that locker room and I announced that I was coming back right there on the spot. First, I texted my mom and I said, ‘mom, I’m going to announce right now that I’m coming back.’ It was just a great feeling. The locker room went crazy. I felt like I had more respect from my teammates for me to tell them right after the game rather than some guys that were during our break after the game. Some guys would go on vacation. Some guys, they don’t look on social media during break. I’d rather just tell them right there as a team where the whole entire program could hear me – not just my teammates, the athletic director, the training staff, everyone.

“… I just remember Quanzell Lambert. I stood up on a chair, and I said ‘hey guys I just want to thank you for all of the support you guys have given me over the years and all of the competing and blood, sweat and tears you guys put in with me. I love all of you guys and I just want to announce that I’m coming back to win a championship next year.’ Everyone went crazy. Quanzell picked me up off the chair and he was hugging me in the air. It was great. I didn’t mean to take away from the win, but it was fun.

“… They actually thought I was going to say goodbye, but that’s kind of the way I wanted it. I wanted them to think that I was going to say goodbye and then come back and tell them I was staying. … My mom was excited for me. She was going to support me either way. She told me, ‘hey, if you want to stay that’s something you want to do. If you want to go, that’s something you want to do.’ It was all on me. It was my decision. When I told her, she was excited that I was going to get my degree.”

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