OL Rodgers Weighing Options

Offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers has a handful of offers and plenty of other suitors. He already has an idea on when he wants to announce his college decision, and he spoke with Scout.com about it.

Khaliel Rodgers doesn't know how recruitment will play out, but he knows he wants to make a big splash by announcing his school at the 2013 U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.

So, it gives the 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman a working calendar to earn more offers, visit schools and trim his list to five by the fall.

Getting there, though, likely won't be an easy road.

"For me, I'm looking for the right coaching staff, a great academic program and the right environment," Rodgers said. "I really don't have a problem going away for school, but I will talk to my parents and see how they feel about it. I know my mom may be kind of worried about it, but in the end it's my decision, so I really don't have a problem going away."

Rodgers made the move in Delaware from Red Lion Christian Academy to Eastern Christian.

His coach, Dwayne Thomas, has Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, Western Kentucy and Purdue were among the schools to offer, and West Virginia, Rutgers, South Carolina, Auburn, Oklahoma and Maryland are among the many schools showing plenty of interest in Rodgers.

"West Virginia told me when they get defensive line coach they're going to offer him as a nose guard," Thomas said. "I think he's going to be a center. He's a smart kid and extremely strong."

One of the schools Rodgers knows the most about is Rutgers.

When he was at Red Lion, he made a number of trips to camps at the New Jersey school, and knew the coaching staff well.

And while there has been plenty of turnover with the staff, new coach Kyle Flood and defensive assistant Phil Galiano, both of whom were with Rutgers under Greg Schiano, give Rodgers plenty of familiarity with the Scarlet Knights.

"Coach Flood was the one who first started recruiting me," Rodgers said. "I haven't talked to him since (he was named coach), but we've talked on Facebook."

Rodgers doesn't have any favorites, but one conference caught his eye.

"Oklahoma came in, Auburn has been in, South Carolina has been here and I'm waiting on them," Rodgers said. "If any of the SEC schools offer I will be pleased. I'd be ok with it. It would be good."

Rodgers is in the process of setting up spring visits.

"Most likely I'll visit Maryland, and Rutgers, I've been there probably four times already," he said. "Me and those guys have a great relationship. I was there all the time.

"In the spring most likely I'm going down to LSU to visit and I'm most likely going out to California again to visit schools."

In the meantime, Rodgers plans to keep working toward the 2012 season.

"I just have to keep working hard in the weight room and in the classroom, and then try to come up with a top five," he said. "My plan is to announce it during the All-American game."

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