Rutgers is first for 2015 safety

Rashard Causey has been waiting his turn and now his recruitment is getting started. The 2015 safety picked up his first offer this past week and it's one he's really excited about.

Rutgers is the first to offer Rashard Causey. The University School (Fort Lauderdale, FL) standout knew a lot was on the line before practice Thursday when he got a text message from his head coach.

"Coach Harriott texted me earlier in the day, telling me that Rutgers was going to offer me if I balled in practice, so that gave me motivation to go all out. At the end of practice, Coach (Dave) Cohen offered me a full scholarship," Causey said.

"I didn't have any words to say, I was just so happy."

It's quite early in Causey's recruitment, but he's already very impressed with the Rutgers program, especially after the recent NFL Draft.

"I actually really like Rutgers. It was one of the first football programs I liked. Their defense is crazy. I think they had three DBs go to the NFL (this year). That was a big plus for me," he said.

The U-School standout's former teammate, linebacker Nick Internicola, recently signed with Rutgers. Causey said Internicola is already working on recruiting him.

"He was telling me I should come up and take a visit up there. I was saying it's a little early for that, but I am going to take a visit up there," he said.

Summer is when Causey hopes to visit New Jersey, but right now he's focused on having a big spring and impressing the college coaches that are coming by to evaluate him and his teammates.

"I want to show them that I can play D-1 ball and just go crazy. I can step up for the guys that are leaving this year," he said.

Causey certainly has some big shoes to fill on the defense. Several University school athletes from last year's state championship team signed D-1 this year. He knows he's up for the challenge.

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