That began to change when he was offered a scholarship the day of the spring game, and he was taken aback Thursday when he made an unofficial visit to campus and received a personal junior day-type experience.
"I got a better feel for the school," the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Knighton said. "It was a more individualized visit so I got a much better feel for what Rutgers is all about.
"I think it really enhanced their chances. At first, my parents and I had a concern about the academics, but they really cleared that up. It really blew me away how strong Rutgers is as a school academically. And I understand their football program is amazing too, so they really strengthened their chances of landing me."
Knighton was originally offered as a defensive end, but in talking to the staff during the visit, the opportunity to play on either side of the ball is available.
"They said it's still up in the air which side they want me on," said Knighton, who said he wasn't concerned about where he played in college.
The day included a tour of the campus and several meetings, including position meetings with defensive line coach Jim Panagos, offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski and coach Kyle Flood.
"I went and got a tour of the facilities, I had some academics meetings with (director of academics Scott Walker)," Knighton said. "I met with the dean (Carl Kirschner), and I came back and had some positional meetings and then I met with coach Flood."
Knighton added since the Scarlet Knights offered, there was talk of an unofficial visit, and the Scarlet Knights were anxious to get him on campus.
"When I got the offer originally, they said they wanted me to come up in June," he said. "I called them and we came up with this date. They definitely are one of the top schools recruiting (the hardest)."
"Those are the schools recruiting me the hardest," Knighton said. "I feel like they have the best shot at winning a lot of football games the next four years, and then academically, they're the strongest as well. Basically, the combination of the strongest academics and athletics is what I'm looking for in a school."
He said he will trim his list before the season begins, make a few official visits and then decide by mid-December.
He transferred to The Hun School in 20010 after playing at The Hill School (Pottstown, Pa.) and will graduate in December. He plans to enroll in college in January.