"I know I'd like to [commit] before the season so I can focus on football," he said. "But if I don't, that's fine. It's an important decision. It can wait if it has to."
Coach Kyle Flood and the staff impressed Applefield with everyone dressed in camouflage Rutgers gear upon his arrival.
"It's cool because something like that shows how much they want me in their program." Applefield said. "Plus, they looked great."
The family atmosphere given off by programs like Rutgers is one of the top interests for Applefield when he looks at a decision, he said.
"I want a family atmosphere," he said. "That's really big for me, obviously somewhere I can be comfortable with away from home because I'm not going to be home during the season. A nice atmosphere and people and coaches I get along with is it pretty much."
Applefield spent the end of June at Syracuse. He was in the area to see family, however, and only spent a small amount of time on campus.
"It's a really nice area actually," Applefield said. "It's definitely a little bit more than I expected. Mostly I've been with family and playing some basketball, but other than that I like what I've seen overall. Everyone is really nice. It's nice to see a lot of young people with all of the old people in Florida I guess."