A 2015 cornerback out of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Grand Street Campus, Badine has sights set on earning a scholarship with what he shows after his summer enrollment with the Scarlet Knights.
“I appreciate that coach [Kyle] Flood gave me the opportunity,” Badine said. “I have to walk on and then earn it, but I know I’m going to do that. It’s just my work ethic. I’m going to go 100 percent. I have a chip on my back that I have to play with since my injury. Coach Flood wants me to walk on and earn it, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Badine, who lost scholarship opportunities after a torn ACL as a senior, also considered prep school as an option before he chose Rutgers. He expects to be full go before enrolling at Rutgers when it comes to his knee rehabilitation.
“I’m going to be fine, but I know that kept me from getting some scholarships,” Badine said. “Right now, all I’m focused on is getting my SAT score up and get that improvement. Coach Flood gave me the chance to walk on and earn my scholarship.”
“When he found out I picked Rutgers, he was like ‘wow, this is a great moment,’” Badine said. “We’re really going to have a teammate that I can go to college with, especially for the future in 2016 because Rutgers offered Taysir Mack. We’re just thinking about it and it’s going to be a good time.”
Grand Street head coach Bruce Eugene, a former Grambling State star at quarterback, received a thank you from Badine for help in the process and help choosing Rutgers over prep school.
“A few years ago, Grand Street wasn’t that big of a high school team in New York City,” Mack said. “Now that I have a new head coach that came three years ago, coach Eugene, he made changes. He’s made a change for my recruitment and made me comfortable choosing Rutgers. I can’t wait to represent [Grand Street] in the Big Ten.”