Indiana’s 2018 recruiting class doubled on Saturday with the addition of South Carolina cornerback Elijah Rodgers.
Considered a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, Rodgers told The Herald-Times he chose IU over other offers from Purdue, Cincinnati and BYU. Rodgers said the overall atmosphere of the football program in Bloomington was enough to earn his verbal commitment.
Rodgers joins Lowell defensive back Jordan Jusevitch as the second member of IU’s 2018 class.
“It’s going to be home away from home,” he said. “I’ve talked with (cornerbacks coach Brandon) Shelby, coach (Tom) Allen and (director of player personnel) Scott Gasper. They want me there and I want to be there. That’s how I feel about it.”
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound prospect also plays quarterback for Blacksburg (S.C.) High School. He describes himself as long and athletic, and finished his junior season with 20 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, a forced fumble, three punt blocks and a break-up.
Indiana made initial overtures to Rodgers this past September and, six months later, he was ready to commit.
“I have a chance to play early, so that’s a big plus.”
Indiana will graduate senior corners Rashard Fant and Ben Bach after the 2017 season.
Jusevitch became Indiana’s first 2018 commit when he extended a verbal pledge to Allen’s staff in January. Jusevitch, a 6-foot, 200-pound three-star prospect, according to 247 Sports, projects as a hybrid safety at Indiana.