The three-star cornerback prospect from Southlake (Texas) Carroll took three trips during the month of June. First up was a trip to check out Notre Dame, but next up was a two-day trip that saw him take in Georgia and Ohio State on consecutive days.
Those visits – along with a few more potential trips Rodgers is contemplating – have put him in position to pick a school in advance of the start of his senior season.
"I'm hoping sometime in early July," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "That's one of the reasons I'm trying to commit early in July. That way I can then just go ahead and focus on my senior season."
Although he said his visits to the three aforementioned schools show that he has serious interest in them, Rodgers stopped short of naming a list of top teams just yet.
"I don't know," he said. "The schools that we got to see, I'm definitely interested in those. I wouldn't say I have a top or anything."
Reflecting back on the visits already taken, Rodgers said the most beneficial part of the trips was the chance to get to spend some face time with the coaches recruiting him.
"That's the most important meeting I can get because I know all the other places are going to have good facilities like Ohio State, but it was really just the people I wanted to get to have a chance to meet," he said.
Rodgers visited OSU on June 24 and was accompanied by his parents. While there, the 6-2, 183-pound athlete spoke with OSU cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson – his primary recruiter – as well as safeties coach Paul Haynes and head coach Jim Tressel.
"(Tressel) said pretty much the same stuff (as Johnson and Haynes), just telling about how good of a place Ohio State is and his background, where he's been and what he's going to continue to do at Ohio State," Rodgers said. "It's definitely nice just to make eye contact with someone. It might be all good on the phone but until you can actually see that person in person, it's totally different. You never know, if I was to choose Ohio State I'd have to see those guys every day so it's important."
Asked what his parents thought of OSU, Rodgers said, "I think they liked it. They enjoyed it as much as I did. They were excited to get up there, like I was."
While at OSU and Georgia, Rodgers said he also got to spend time meeting with players currently in the program. How well he could get along with other athletes in the program along with his relationship with the coaches will be the most important factors for Rodgers as he tries to pick a school, he said.
"They were great," he said. "Both schools were great. That's what's going to make it an even tougher decision because the players at both schools are awesome."
"Anderson came over and I hung out with him a little bit," he said. "We went back to their apartment just to see what a day after practice is like. That was really nice."
Aside from trying to pick a school, Rodgers said he has a few other goals in mind for the summer.
"Recruiting-wise, I just want to be able to develop a narrower list," he said. "In general, I'm going to be working out and trying to improve my high school team. Obviously individual stats are very important, but just overall being able to become more of a team leader, hopefully a team captain and lead us to a state championship."
When it comes time to making that list of top schools, then, what are the chances the Buckeyes will find themselves making the cut?
"They're definitely up there," he said.