PK Federico Goes In-Depth on RU Commitment

Rutgers wanted a placekicker for the 2012 class, and got one Wednesday morning when Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High's Kyle Federico called Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano to make his pledge. Shortly thereafter, Federico spoke to about his decision, his family ties to the Garden State and Rutgers, and much more.

Kyle Federico lives in Florida and made his name as a kicker and soccer player at Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High, but he has plenty of jersey roots and Rutgers ties.

Therefore, when the Scarlet Knights jumped into the recruiting process recently, it didn't take long to sell him on the school, or the football program.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Federico joined the Scarlet Knights' 2012 recruiting class late Wednesday morning when he called coach Greg Schiano to give a non-binding oral commitment.

"It's done deal," Federico said moments after talking to Schiano. "It's just really exciting. I believe I'm going to a really good program. …I'm relaxed (now). There's not a lot of pressure finding a school you really like."

Federico was born in New Jersey but moved to Florida when he was a year old. He has family in Colts Neck and Paterson, and his grandfather attended Rutgers.

"Years ago we talked about Rutgers because we have family up there, and my dad's dad went to Rutgers," Federico said. "I became interested every since and looked them up (on line)."

As a junior at Ponte Vedra, Federico was 8 of 13 on field goal attempts while kicking off the ground. He had a long of 50 yards.

Federico fills a pressing need in the class since placekicker San San Te will be a fifth-year senior in 2011.

"I can kick it from 62 (in practice), but in a game it's 50 yards," said Federico, who does not use a tee in high school. "I definitely wanted to find a school where I would get a good opportunity to play early."

Federico participated in the Specialists' camp at Rutgers last month and performed well. The Scarlet Knights extended an offer out of that camp, but he really got his fill of the program the day before the camp when he made an unofficial visit and toured the campus.

"I just went up there and had fun, and showed what I can do," Federico said. "I saw a lot of school spirit (on campus). The coaches briefed me on the academics and what goes on (in the program), and the tutoring sessions.

"I was looking for coaches that were really good people and I wanted to make sure it had a lot of opportunities for me in football and academically."

Rutgers was the first school to offer Federico. He also camped at Miami and Kentucky, but said his relationship with special teams coach Robb Smith was a key part of his decision.

"We spoke a lot, actually," Federico said. "I would call him on the phone, and weeks before the camp we set up an unofficial visit to tour a little bit and to get to know each other better."

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