ELKTON, Md. — It only took Khaliel Rodgers one week after receiving an offer from USC to commit to the Trojans. The four-star offensive lineman verbally pledged on July 1. He made it official when he faxed in his National Letter of Intent at 7:01 am ET on signing day.
“’I’ve known I was going there. It’s just official now,” Rogers said about signing day.
The only official visit he took during his recruitment was to Los Angeles. “My (trip to USC) solidified my commitment,” he told. “I knew that was my place.
Saturday morning, I woke up and there was a beautiful glare in my window, and I was like, ‘Man, this is amazing,’” he continued. “We toured the school, went to go out, chilled with the team, went out a few times. It was crazy. We spent a lot time with the academic people and visited different places around (the campus).”
The 6-foot-1 300-pound guard joins Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy teammate Kenny Bigelow at USC. “He’s like my brother,” Rodgers said. Bigelow enrolled early at USC to attend spring semester classes.
Rodgers was named an Army All-American.
Before committing to USC he was also considering Auburn, Connecticut, Ole Miss, Ohio State, UCLA, and West Virginia.
He is expecting to make his way back to Los Angeles in March.