Safety Lorenzo Waters wants to play immediately upon his arrival at Rutgers, but he is realistic. His cousin, Joe Lefeged, is the starting strong safety and there is plenty of other talent at safety.
So, although the 6-foot, 190-pound former DeMatha Catholic (Hyatsville, Md.) star was Scout.com’s 45th-ranked safety in the 2010 class, he knows red-shirting is a likely option.
Waters will arrive on campus June 27, and begin the summer session on June 28 as he readies for August training camp, and he is not disillusioned.
“Initially, when I get up there I expect to have to wait my turn in line and work hard, and learn from the older guys who have been there,’’ Water said. “I have to start to develop a sense of what is going on, and I’m trying to work as hard as I can to get on the field as soon as possible.’’
Waters, who brings a reputation of a hard hitter to Rutgers, made 89 tackles and intercepted three passes during his senior season. He was named DeMatha’s defensive MVP, but that won’t help him at Rutgers.
“I hope to get on the field as soon as I can,’’ Waters said. “But I’m probably not going to do anything but play on special teams, and I’ll probably look to red-shirt until it’s my turn in the line.’’
Waters should come into Rutgers in tremendous shape after running the 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 meters at DeMatha He began running track as a way to stay in shape, but quickly developed a liking to the sport because of its laid back approach.
But since the track season ended, Waters is focusing on the workout program Rutgers outlined for him after he committed.
“It’s a little different, but everything is mostly the same,’’ Waters said. “There’s one or two extra lifts that they want us to do. I spoke to coach (Greg) Schiano a couple days ago just about what’s going on, and what I’ve been doing. I keep in contact with them.’’
One thing Waters noticed since signing day is the amount of free time in his days.
No longer are recruiters calling him non-stop, and he is doing far less interviews.
“I’m used to a whole bunch of phone calls from coaches, from a whole bunch of reporters,’’ Waters said. “The pressure is kind of off me, and I’m watching some of my other teammates go through it now. I’m trying to give them advice and what to say and not to say, and things to look into for college.
“Now that you know where you’re going to go, you have time to use all that focus you did in the recruiting process and just focus on that school, and what you’re going to do.’’
Finally, Waters said being away from his family, and the DeMatha Catholic family, are the things he will miss most once college begins. But there is also plenty he is looking forward to, with one thing atop his list.
“I guess it’s playing football in front of thousands of fans,’’ Waters said. “That’s always been a dream of mine.’’