"I really thought they believed they didn't have a chance with me and that's why they didn't offer earlier," Rodgers said. "They came by and offered. I wasn't surprised when it happened. I was just glad they offered. They're one of my top schools."
Rodgers is happy to be hearing from Rutgers, he said, and the timeliness of the verbal offer will not affect his thoughts on the school.
"There's only so much you can do if you're a college," Rodgers said. "My recruitment has been going off and getting offered by them is cream on the top. It didn't really bother me."
As a part of Eastern Christian and formerly Red Lion (Bear, Del.), Rodgers has a strong familiarity with Rutgers.
He and his teammates won the 7-on-7 Schiano Shootout last year and he expects to take multiple trips to campus before his decision.
"They have a great coaching staff," Rodgers said. "Coach [Kyle] Flood and [offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski] are great. I've been up there many a time, so I like the campus and the team. I really like it up there. It's definitely a great school."
Rodgers is over the double-digit mark in verbal offers, highlighted by Ohio State. He plans to visit the Buckeyes in June with his family.
"I don't really know what to expect when I get up there, but I'm excited," Rodgers said. "That's a great program and I'm really looking forward to meeting [head coach Urban Meyer] in person."
"Recruiting has been on fire," Rodgers said. "I'm really happy with how everything's going and I'm just trying to keep working at it."
Rodgers has no immediate plans to trim his list or make a verbal commitment.