From Edison Pop Warner To Rutgers, Carroo Contemplating NFL, But First, Indiana

From Edison Pop Warner to Rutgers, Leonte Carroo Contemplating NFL Credits: Courtesy of the Scarlet Report

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers junior receiver Leonte Carroo plans to examine his NFL prospects after the seasons, but his focuses this week are solely on Indiana and the importance of sending out his senior teammates the right way with bowl eligibility.

Rutgers against Indiana marks the final home game for the senior class at High Point Solutions Stadium, but it will take more than that to end the three-game losing streak and become bowl eligible.

For wide receiver Leonte Carroo, Saturday could be his final home game as well with NFL potential at the position. Carroo said Indiana is his lone focus going into senior day.

Sign Up for E-News

“I’m just trying to finish the season right now.” Carroo said. “I’m just trying to get a win, actually. We haven’t had a win in a while, and I’m just focused on getting a win, and most importantly, getting a win for the seniors. It’s their night. It’s all about them, and that’s my main concern.”

Carroo saw Brandon Coleman leave early and go undrafted last April. Rutgers, however, also saw Kenny Britt and Mohamed leave early for big-time opportunities as NFL receivers.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder from Edison, NJ is not naive to his NFL potential, and plans to address it after the end of the season.

“It’s something I’m going to talk to my family about, and see what can happen from there, discuss it with them and just make my decision based off of how my family feels and what I think is the best decision for me,” Carroo said.

The focus for Carroo falls solely on Indiana (3-6, 0-5) with the Hoosiers in a four-game slump of their own. Carroo wants to make it back-to-back-to-back bowl berths for the second time in Rutgers football history.

Beating the Hoosiers sends Rutgers bowling for the third straight year under Kyle Flood, whose Scarlet Knights lost three straight heading into the last bye week.

“It’s been hard,” Carroo said. “As an offense, we haven’t been executing as a whole. Receivers haven’t been doing their job – linemen, quarterbacks, et cetera. Once we get clicking again and fix the little details, things will be fine again.”

The Rutgers (5-4, 1-4) is equally at fault in the eyes of the players and long-time Carroo teammate Darius Hamilton saw the bye week as an opportunity to fix mistakes.

“It’s really important to have that bye week when we had it,” Hamilton said. “I think we got a lot of people healthy. It gave us an extra week looking toward Indiana, and got us more time to get excited about playing this game. …No question, it helped. We got in some really good work in with our pads. We were able to hit some, fly around.”

Hamilton and Carroo both say their home goodbyes to high-school teammate Gary Nova on Saturday along with 18 other college teammates.

“It’s really important because we’ve got a lot of great guys on our team with a lot of great character,” Hamilton said. “It’s important for us to send them out the right way.”

The final home game for Carroo and Nova together after the duo made for a dangerous combination in Piscataway.

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be very emotional,” Carroo said. “I’m pretty sure when he walks out there for the last time, this could possibly be one of the last times we ever play together. You never know what could happen as far as NFL and things like that. As of right now it could be the last time me and Gary ever play [at home] together. … It’s his night, his senior night. I want to go out there and leave him with a win.”

Article published courtesy of Sam Hellman of the

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 10:00 AM

NJ Convention and Exposition Center, Edison

82nd Annual Garden State Cat Show & Expo

Giving Back Other

Wed, July 25, 7:00 PM

Washington Park, Dunellen

Free Music in the Park | Princesa - Pop / Latin

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, August 1, 7:00 PM

Washington Park, Dunellen

Free Music in the Park | Rockabilly Roadhouse

Arts & Entertainment

Nearly $900K Bid Received for Construction of New New Brunswick Park

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Only one company submitted a bid to build a new city park on land where three abandoned houses once stood.

A-Tech Concrete of Edison submitted a bid of $897,316.25 to construct a park on Welton Street, near Drift Street.

This was the only bid that city Purchasing Department received before the deadline this morning.

New Brunswick demolished three abandoned home on the ...

17 Fascinating Facts About Rutgers Athletics

July 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the critics of the athletics program at New Jersey’s largest public university, there are more than a dozen reasons to cheer for successes of the sports programs and teams on the playing fields, in classrooms and beyond.

Here are 17 on the field and off the field things this took place this past academic year at Rutgers University:

1. Rutgers had four ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, leading to chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer,” said New Jersey Human Services Commissioner ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Crowdfunding Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Source: Many small start-up businesses and tech ventures in search of capital turn to popular online platforms for crowd fundraising of financial resources to get their concept off the ground and launched into market. Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe, to name a few, offer solutions in generating cash to fund new ideas. How do you get people to contribute to your cause?  Sam Burlum ...