"It was real nice hanging out with Coach (Gus) Malzahn," the 5-11, 170 Knighten said. "I went and toured the campus and it was real nice. The dorms and the stadium, everything was good. I could see myself playing there if they offer me."
Familiar with Auburn after seeing the Tigers win the title last year, Knighten said he knew a little bit more about them other than Malzahn and got a chance to learn even more on his trip.
"I knew about the championship and about Coach Malzahn," Knighten said. "He was in Arkansas and I knew about his offense. I knew about some of the traditions like Toomer's Corner and War Eagle. Everybody likes football down there and that's what I like about them.
"I like their winning program," he added. "That's the most important thing. They treat their players right. Looking at the weight room you can tell they want their guys to get big and strong. They have a lot of academic help with tutors and mentors. They truly want to see the players succeed on and off the field."
With Malzahn as Auburn's offensive coordinator the Tigers have taken off on that side of the ball and they have also recruited well in Arkansas. Knighten said there's just something about the man that makes you feel at home when you talk to him.
"For the past couple of years he has been getting bigger and bigger with his offense," Knighten said. "In Arkansas he had that Springdale team with Mitch Mustain that was number two in the nation. What I took away from my visit is that he's a really nice guy that wants the best for his athletes. That's what I like about him."
Playing quarterback for Pulaski Academy, Knighten has offers from Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State to play that position on the next level. In addition schools such as Auburn, Arkansas and LSU have taken a look at him as an athlete that could play wide receiver in college. He said for him it doesn't really matter as he's trying to concentrate on his senior year.
"After the season I'll probably figure out what the best road is for me, but right now I'm just focused on trying to win a state championship," Knighten said. "Throughout the season I'll probably narrow it down and try to visit for some games."