By the end of the day, the school became a possible destination for the three-star prospect after assistant coach Chris Hewitt came to see him.
"Honestly, I've never even talked to Rutgers before [yesterday]," Culkin said. "[A coach] basically told me Coach Hewitt was coming from Rutgers to meet with me and I was excited about it. He came by my high school."
Culkin did not receive a scholarship offer, but was told the topic will be under serious consideration when Hewitt receives his highlight film with tight ends coach Brian Angelicho and head coach Greg Schiano this week.
"Their head coach is usually the one that would do an offer from what I was told," Culkin said. "[Hewitt] isn't the tight ends coach, so he is bringing my tape back to look at."
Culkin holds scholarship offers from Iowa State, Central Florida, Florida International, Western Michigan, Liberty and Furman. He also has a grey-shirt offer from South Florida and interest from Missouri and Maryland.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound tight end officially visited Iowa State, but has no leaders.
"I'm going to wait for these in-home visits over the next two weeks before I make any top schools," Culkin said. "I haven't told any schools I'm not coming."
Culkin said that if Rutgers offers, he is "definitely" interested in an official visit to Picataway.
"I want to play at a place where I can fit in," Culkin said. "I want a great program that can win and contend for conference championships. I want a place with good coaches and great academics."
Culkin's initial impressions of Rutgers are positive, he said.
"I like Coach Hewitt and have hear some good things about the other coaches," he said. "I know they really need a tight end. They already have one committed (Michael Giacone), but they want to get another one."
Culkin moved from receiver to tight end for his senior season and could fit the mold of a down-the-field threat.
"Based off of how I played in high school, I'm more of a receiving tight end," Culkin said. "I'm slowly trying to turn into a complete tight end though. I love being physical and blocking, I'm just not as experienced doing it."
Culkin has no timeframe for a decision, but expects to select his top schools within the next few weeks.