Carroo: Jawuan Harris Will Play as a Freshman

CHICAGO -- How early can Jawuan Harris make an impact in his Rutgers football uniform? The two-sport high school star set for both football and baseball in the Big Ten impressed older players, including star Leonte Carroo, with his competitiveness in summer 7-on-7s and workouts.

Through one month of summer workouts, Rutgers budding star Leonte Carroo saw enough.

Receiver Jawuan Harris will play a lot for Rutgers, and he should play right away, Carroo said. The incoming freshman was the top receiver at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas last season and already makes his presence felt on the Scarlet Knights’ practice fields.

“One guy that’s stood out is Jawuan Harris,” Carroo said. “He looks really good. He’s a guy that’s going to play for us this year. He’s been doing a tremendous job and I’m proud of him. He’s a competitor. Any time we’re doing 7-on-7, he wants to run with the older guys. Put me in and show me a route and I can make a play.”

Harris chose Rutgers over Michigan State in the final week before National Signing Day. He enrolled in July after the baseball centerfielder went undrafted.

Rutgers is deeper at receiver this season, but Carroo sees a role for the 5-foot-11,190-pound speedster.

“If you end up playing just special teams, it’s not the end of the world,” Carroo said. “A guy like Janarion Grant played just special teams as a freshman and it boosted his career. A guy like me just played special teams as a freshman. I only played kickoff and kick return and punt block, but it gave me the confidence to go out there the following year and continue to play.”

Carroo’s path to playing time worked out fine, and he encourages future freshmen to push for playing time. Don’t settle, he said.

“Don’t always come in looking to redshirt,” Carroo said. “I know some freshman say they just want to redshirt this year. You should always want to play because it gets you confidence. You’ll be confident for the next year.”

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