Austin Set for Rutgers Early Enrollment

New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy cornerback Blessuan Austin is academically eligible after receiving the required test scores. Austin verbally committed to Rutgers in November, and remains set for a January enrollment in Piscataway.

New York City’s Blessuan Austin’s are officially on the way to Rutgers after receiving the qualifying score needed at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy.

The cornerback originally from the Big Apple is home after a semester at prep school and verbal commitment to the Scarlet Knights.

“It feels great,” Austin said. “It's a big relief. I worked really hard and I'm thankful to the tutors at Milford Academy to help me receive it. I'm finished with Milford. I graduated from there. I'm ready for Rutgers.”

Austin is one of a handful of prospects slated for early enrollment, including Milford teammate Sidney Gopre and high school rival Deonte Roberts of Erasmus Hall.

“We’ve always been going against each other in high school,” Austin said on teaming with Roberts. “For us to be on the same team, that would be great. New York City should have a great rep for the kinds of players that get offered to play ball. To represent that is really an honor.”

Austin committed to Rutgers after a visit during the Indiana game in November. He joins a cornerback class that includes Jarius Adams and Ronnie James.

“I’m readying myself because I’m watching them play on TV, and it’s a good fit,” Austin said. “I’m ready to get started on my career. I look forward to pursuing my degree. There is a true team unity there. I like the relationship between the coaches and the players.”

Austin committed after a meeting with head coach Kyle Flood, who has his own New York roots.

“Coach Flood makes me amped up to come play for him,” Austin said. “He’s a Queens guy, a New York City guy. He’s a blue-collar coach that worked very hard to get where he’s at. I would love to play for coach Flood.”

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