Federico takes his placement tests tomorrow and will pick classes with academic support director Scott Walker later in the week. Hopping on a plane to New Jersey Friday, Federico will move into his dorm during the weekend and begin classes Tuesday.
"It's exciting. It's kind of hard to believe it came, but I'm just ready to move on to the next level and get things going," Federico said. "I'm definitely ready, but it's weird how fast it came."
Hosted by sophomore long snapper Rob Jones, Federico took his official visit in December, where he said the team and staff welcomed him and prepared him for what to expect when he arrives.
"After seeing everything and how the coaches and all the players were welcoming, it made me more excited to be a part of a program with great people," Federico said.
Federico comes to Rutgers in similar circumstances to punter Anthony DiPaula last season
DiPaula enrolled early, at which time it appeared he may need a year to develop, and it enabled the coaching staff to target JuCo punter Justin Doerner during the summer.
Federico expects a similar challenge, he said, but is ready to face it.
"I feel like this is going to help me, I think a lot," he said. "I feel like it will be hard for me when I first get there. But I'll pick things up right away. Then when all the other recruits are coming in, I'm going to be the one that already knows what he's doing and seeing the difference of how that helped me mature, having a couple months extra of working out and being with the team."
When the rest of the freshman class arrives in May and June, Federico said he plans to be a big part of the welcoming party.
"There are going to be a lot of guys coming in that don't really know what to expect or are going to be making huge adjustments," he said. "I'd have just gone through it and will help them where I can."
Federico expects to move in with Doerner for the spring semester before moving into freshman housing with the rest of the Class of 2012 this summer.
"When I was up on my official visit, I hung out with Doerner a lot," he said. "We got along pretty well and he was telling me a lot about what it was like for him when he came from far away."