After four years of workouts at Jacksonville (Fla.) Creekside in the Florida heat, three-star receiver Rashad Blunt has no fear of the New Jersey summer.
Like many families on Memorial Day Weekend, Blunt has a road trip planned. But his trip is more permanent as he moves in at Rutgers for the start of his college career.
“It’s exciting, but it’s a lot to take in,” said Blunt, who hits the road Saturday for his new home. “Especially with me going so quickly from high school to college, these next few days are really all I have for summer vacation. I think it’s going to be worth it. I’m getting some credits out of the way. I’m getting used to the campus and the facilities. I’m getting acclimated, in general, and some extra time over the other freshmen that haven’t graduated yet.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver looks forward to the challenge of Rutgers summer workouts and 7-on-7 activities with the team. When players return to class Tuesday, Blunt is ready to work.
“All of it is going to be hard,” Blunt said. “It’s different. It’s change. I don’t think the workouts will be harder, but adjusting to the way they work out will be different. I’m confident in the workouts that I’ve done. My brother is a personal trainer. We work out with some guys from college and some NFL guys. I’m going to be ready to work out with everybody. I have to adjust, but I’m confident that I can do it.”
“It’s an opportunity to get better, and that’s what I’m about,” Blunt said. “I feel like I was signing my Letter of Intent for Rutgers just yesterday. I’m leaving in a few days, so surreal is a good word for it.”
For Blunt, Tuesday marks the beginning of his political science career path and competition for immediate playing time at wide receiver.
“It’s important for me to get there and compete,” Blunt said. “I want to see where I’m at because I’ve been working so hard. Regardless of how everyone else is, it’s a good feeling to see how I do against them. I want to get the nerves out of the way and that feeling that I can play with everybody else. I want to get in the classroom and get to work.”