As Federico, from Ponte Vedra, Fla., watched San San Te drill a kick in overtime to send the hometown fans away happy, it hit home that he will be the one in that situation in a few months.
"That was awesome," Federico said of the kick. "It kind of puts some big shoes for me to fill when I get up there and stuff like that, but it's exciting."
The other wake-up call, Federico said, is how little time stands between now and his college life.
Planning to enroll early, Federico is two months from joining the Scarlet Knights for real.
"I just remember when I was a freshman and sophomore and all of the upperclassmen ahead of me were doing their senior things," he said. "I didn't think it would come this fast. I'm just really glad I get the opportunity to come up and play at high level of college football."
Federico took advantage of the 7 p.m. kick when flew into Newark from Florida early Saturday morning. He spent half of the afternoon with his mother at Rutgers to soak in the experience.
With family living nearby, Federico said he enjoyed a long, albeit cold, New Jersey weekend.
"It was just really exciting because of the atmosphere and what goes on during game-days," he said. "I'm really looking forward to this even more now. I got to see what it's really going to be like."
Federico met with his future coaches, including head coach Greg Schiano, but said his time in the locker room stuck out as his favorite part.
"After the game, I got to see what the locker room's like and how exciting it is after you win a game like that in that atmosphere," he said.
On meeting Schiano, Federico said, "That was great to meet him, talk to him a little bit more and I got to know him better. I can't wait for him to be my coach for real. He's a great guy."
As initially reported by ScalretReport.com in September, Federico is all-set to enroll early, where he becomes the lone scholarship place-kicker on the roster.
After Anthony DiPaula's early enrollment last year prompted the recruitment of Justin Doerner, getting Federico on campus for spring practice greatly benefits the special teams outlook for next season.