Caruso Visiting Texas A&M

Caruso Visiting Texas A&M

While the headlines have been dominated with conference realignment and the start of the football season, the basketball program is hosting two important recruits this weekend. One is local product and national Top 75 recruit Alex Caruso. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke with the off-guard about his upcoming visit.

It may be the start of the college football season, but September also marks the official start of the college basketball recruiting season with 2012 prospects taking official campus visits in preparation for the November early signing period. Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy and his staff will be hosting a pair of nationally-rated recruits this weekend. One of those is hometown standout Alex Caruso from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station.

"Yes, I'll be taking my official visit this weekend to Texas A&M," Caruso said. "I plan to be there for Midnight Yell Practice and stay until Monday."

For Caruso, this official visit won't be like others. While most recruits use official visits to get better acquainted with the university and surrounding area, the four-star prospect grew up less than 10 minutes from Texas A&M and frequently visited the campus and attended many sporting events. His close proximity to the university has given him several opportunities to sit down with the Texas A&M coaches to develop a relationship with the staff and players. So what does the Scout.com Top 75 national recruit want to get out of his weekend visit?

"I already know about the school's traditions, the academics, and I've gotten to know the coaching staff," Caruso said. "I want to use the weekend to spend quality time with the players and coaches and get to know what it's like on the inside from a player's viewpoint."

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound off-guard has another official visit scheduled to Colorado the following weekend. He visited Boulder last summer with his AAU team and came away impressed with the academics and the campus setting. He is also familiar with the CU staff, having been a ball boy at Texas A&M when Buff coach Mike Rohn worked under Mark Turgeon in College Station.

"I've known Coach Rohn for a while and Coach Boyle is a good coach," Caruso said. "It's a program on the rise and the school's academics are solid."

Caruso isn't sure what the future holds as he takes his first two visits.

"I'm taking it day-by-day and we'll see how I feel after each visit," Caruso said. "If it feels right after my A&M visit, I could make a decision. If I feel that way after Colorado, I could end the process then. And if I still feel I need to see more schools, then I'll likely go see Texas Tech."

Caruso did acknowledge that the Aggies have a slight lead for his signature going into his visits, but says he plans to be objective and evaluate each of his visits and make a decision that best fits his future.

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