Bateky returned home Sunday afternoon after 48 hours of activities in Piscataway.
“I’m up to the challenge,” Bateky said on early enrollment. “Of course it’s going to be a little confusing at first but, I’ll be fine.”
Education took center stage for Bateky’s visit.
“We spent a lot of time on that,” Bateky said. “We looked at all of the academic support. My No. 1 goal when I get there is to get the degree. I talked to all of the academic advisors and we talked about what classes I’m going to be taking.”
Bateky, like the rest of visitors, did not visit New York. He did, however, get an up-close view at Rutgers bowl practices. The team and future position coach Jim Panagos did not disappoint.
“I got to see what he’s really about and it’s high intensity,” Bateky said. “The intensity level of the whole practice was really big. The players got after it a little. They’re excited to practice for the game. It’s more than a week away, and they were still getting after it hard.”
The focus fell on defensive ends – a position group Bateky joins for spring practice in March.
“I wouldn’t describe it as intimidate, more excitement about where I’m going to be the next few years,” Bateky said. “I see where I’m trying to be. I tried to learn while I was watching. It was fun.”
Red-shirt freshman defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph hosted Bateky.I got to see the life of a Rutgers football player,” Bateky said. “[Joseph] was really eccentric. He was a cool guy. He showed me around everywhere.”