Losing San San Te after the season, the Scarlet Knights would have been without a scholarship place kicker if the three-star commit did not enroll early.
"It was really something I didn't even know was an option until a coach brought it up after I was offered," Federico said. "It should be great to get ahead of my academics and more practices before the next season."
Federico said the academics are more straining, but not something he is struggling with.
"I need three more credits to graduate, but I'm not having trouble," he said. "It keeps me active and in shape too, because I probably would not have played soccer again this spring.
Before making his decision, Federico said he reached out to a current member of the Rutgers team about ending high school a semester early.
Punter Anthony DiPaula enrolled early last year, which helped Rutgers assess its walk-on recruiting. After an inconsistent spring for DiPaula, Rutgers went shopping for a JuCo punter and reeled in Justin Doerner, who won the job in camp.
Now, Rutgers would have Federico for 15 extra practices before next season begins and can better assess the state of next season's kicking group.
"I friended him on Facebook and wanted to find out if he had any regrets about the decision he made," Federico said. "It's going to be good for me to get comfortable and settled in. Hopefully I will be ahead of the curve."
Federico verbally committed to Rutgers in July, on the same day Brandon Arcidiacono did the same. After kicking well at Rutgers' camp this summer, Federico received his first Division 1 offer and made his decision shortly thereafter.
"I've been following the team and trying to pay attention to recruiting," Federico said. "I actually have a friend at my high school that moved from Don Bosco, so we talk about how good those kids are."
Federico said he will watch every Rutgers game this season, either on the Internet or on television. Watching N.C. Central, he said, was a great moment for him.
"[Watching that game] gave me the chills, knowing that I'll be running out of that tunnel next year and hopefully being a part of great things to come," Federico said. "I can't wait for it."