Cerenord has a relationship with defensive coordinator Dave Cohen dating back to last year and former teammate Bryant Gross is set to enroll at Rutgers next week.
"Getting a Rutgers offer was exciting," Cerenord said. "I went to their camp last year and they told me all I needed was a good junior film to get an offer. They called and said they've seen it and they liked it. Last week coach [Dave] Cohen came by and saw Bryant and me."
Cerenord got his first Rutgers experience as a camper last year, but continues to hear about the program from his former teammate.
"He's told me that it's a good program and there was a reason why he chose it," Cerenord said. "He definitely wants me to look at Rutgers, but he's just on my side completely no matter where I look. He wants me to look for the best place overall."
Cerenord impressed at Rutgers camp as an underclassman and hopes to return as a senior.
"The school of Rutgers is a nice school, but I would like to see more like when the students are on campus and how players there go through a typical day for them," he said. "Rutgers was more than I expected because I really don't travel a lot. I really did like it up there. I'd like to go back."
"It's too early because I want to see everything," he said. "I don't want to just narrow it down too early and close doors on everybody else. I want to see and experience everything that I can possibly see in my next year."
Cerenord spent the spring focused on workouts and school, but plans to begin visits in June.
"I'm going to take some unofficial visits this summer," he said. "I want to go back to Rutgers and see some of these other schools. I want to take official visits, I don't know when, before I make a decision."