After going through the recruiting process by taking various visits, Knighton visited Miami a few weeks and that's when he knew it was over.
"Getting down on my official visit to Miami made all the difference in the world," Knighton said. "Before going down there I kind of always had a false impression on the school and team. It's a small campus in a nice area, and the players were all really cool. The place was awesome, the kids were great, and I like the coaching staff a lot."
Knighton, who played at The Hun School in New Jersey, took earlier recruiting visits to Boston College, Purdue, and Boise State and came away impressed with both. However, he knew before his visit to Miami was complete that he wanted to be a Hurricane.
"About halfway through the visit I knew it was the place for me," he said. "So as soon as I got home I talked to my parents, my brother, and my coaches and pulled the trigger on Miami. It was a great feeling."
Despite giving Knighton an offer back in the summer, the Hurricanes had some competition all along.
"Purdue was always my number one school but after visiting there and visiting Miami I just knew I wanted to go to Miami," he said. "They have a great program right now and the sky is the limit. I can't wait to get down there and start competing, start helping them. I think what Coach Golden is doing is great and I'm really excited."
One big plus for Knighton is the fact that he is graduating this month and will enroll into school in a few weeks.
"I'm enrolling mid-year," he said. "I start January 11th and I can't wait."
Ohio's Alex Gall is Miami's other offensive line commitment for the Class of 2013.