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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TOP 20: Proving it in Piscataway (No. 12)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: Tyler_Barto

Less than a month remains until the start of Rutgers training camp. This top-20 countdown will run infrequently, documenting who's got the most to prove in 2013.

No. 12 — sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo (6-foot-1, 200 pounds)

Why Carroo's on the list: Yes, Carroo is one of a host of receivers who will have to account for production lost from two graduating wideouts. 

But given his frame, college readiness and relationship with quarterback Gary Nova, Carroo will likely see the most opportunities to do so. 
Leonte Carroo, right, will work with a new playcaller and
position coach in 2013. (AP Photo)

Carroo played entirely on special teams as a freshman, while now-junior Miles Shuler earned late looks in 2012, highlighted by a 25-yard catch Dec. 28 against Virginia Tech. Most of it is based on Shuler's ability to play the slot.

After playing with Nova at Don Bosco Prep, Carroo enters his second season in Piscataway with the most college-ready body of any of the Scarlet Knights' young receivers. 

He could serve as a viable intermediate option for Nova, with Shuler around the line of scrimmage and junior Brandon Coleman deeper.

During training camp, keep an eye on: Carroo's route combinations.

Coordinator Ron Prince's last stint as an offensive coordinator featured a run- and tight end-heavy scheme at Virginia from 2003-05. That was based largely on personnel.

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He'll adapt in Piscataway, where Rutgers' strength (and depth) lies on the perimeter. Because of his size and acumen, Carroo could be best served as a middle-of-the-field target during certain down-and-distance situations. 

That'll depend on Prince, whose plans for the run game have already taken shape. His overall philosophy is based on quick releases to playmakers, but how that manifests with receivers remains to be seen.

2013 season outlook: Carroo emerges as a viable No. 2 option to Coleman, thanks in part to his relationship with Nova and his usage around the line of scrimmage. 

His numbers won't be comparable to last year's "Big Three" because of more targets this season in the pass game, but Carroo's contributions will be noticeable.

He also proves an adept run blocker because of his upper body strength.

More from the countdown: No. 11 — Lorenzo Waters

No. 13 — Desmond Peoples

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