The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) defensive end was returning from his trip this weekend when he went in-depth on the weekend, and his first in-person experience with the school.
"Their philosophies, in that they really care about the kids and things like that, and helping kids mature, I was surprised by that," the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Knighton said. "Not all programs have that. I didn't know what to expect. I had never been to Idaho before, but Boise is definitely a great town and I was really impressed by the campus and their football team."
Knighton, who is being recruited by Miami and West Virginia as an offensive tackle, is being looked at by Boise State, Purdue and Boston College as a defensive end. He and his parents arrived on campus about 3 p.m. Friday and got right to the business of meeting the staff.
"We met all the coaches, and met (defensive line) coach (Andy) Avalos for the first time, got a quick tour of the football building, the academic (support) building, the indoor (practice) facility," Knight said. "We toured the stadium and from there I went to dinner with the team and sat through some team meetings and hung out for the team for a couple of hours."
"He did a good job of going over film so I could see what they have, and then we went out to lunch and came back for the game. It was really awesome. I was really happy with that. Then we met with the strength coach and out to dinner, and then I hung out with the team."
The trip ended with an hour-long meeting with coach Chris Petersen.
"He's a real good guy," Knighton said. "He's definitely a hands-on coach, which I love. He knows all his players and he knows everything about them. His philosophy is great."
Knighton talked about the academics, and how it meshes with football, during his discussions with academics advisors.
And while he enjoyed the game and meeting the players, how the program treats academics is what stood out the most.
"What I like is most of their kids are graduating early and getting their master's (degree), which is not the case with most programs," Knighton said. "I'd be graduating in three, three-and-a-half years, and then my fourth and fifth year I could get my master's, which is great."
Knighton added Boise State did not give him a hard sell and are willing to wait out his remaining visits to Purdue (Nov. 24), West Virginia (Dec. 1) and Miami (Dec. 8), but one thing he learned during the trip is distance will not be an issue in his decision.
"It's a far flight, but once you're out there it's not bad," he said. "I really enjoyed it. I could see myself going there."