Knighton Sets June Visit to Rutgers

The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) three-star lineman Hunter Knighton has a personalized unofficial visit to Rutgers scheduled for June and is beginning to plan out the rest of his summer. Knighton spoke with to discuss his expectations of his Rutgers visit and the latest on his recruitment.

The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) three-star lineman Hunter Knighton will visit Rutgers June 7 and the get chance for 1-on-1 time with the coaching staff.

Knighton received a verbal scholarship offer at the spring game, but has not had individualized time with the staff on campus and looks forward to getting that next week.

"I'm really excited for it," said Knighton, who ranks in as the 55th best tackle prospect in the Class of 2013. "This time we're going to have a couple of academic meetings, which I'm really excited for. That's going to be a huge factor in my decision because I want to go to a school for great academics."

Knighton said he has been in constant contact with the staff since receiving his offer and likes what he is hearing from the Scarlet Knights.

"It's been great," he said. "I've been talking a lot with the coaches and they said they still haven't decided on what side of the ball they want me to play — offense or defense. I'm just happy to know I'm being recruited by a coaching staff that likes me a lot."

Knighton is being recruited with the idea of putting him on either side of the line of scrimmage. At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, he projects best as an offensive or defensive tackle.

"They initially asked which side I wanted to play on and I said I didn't care, so that's where it is," he said. "I really don't care at all with that. I'm looking for a chance to play and a good education."

A chance to meet individually with head coach Kyle Flood is at the top of Knighton's list for reasons to visit campus next week.

"I haven't really gotten a lot of time with Coach Flood, but from what I've seen of him, I think he's continuing the program in a good direction and I look forward to learning more about him," he said. "From what I've seen so far, I'm really impressed with the things he's doing."

The Hun School rising senior has early summer visits planned to South Florida, Miami and Northwestern, but no timeframe for a decision.

Knighton has no leaders among his 11 FBS offers.

"I'm trying to take my time with it," he said. "I'm still figuring thing out for the summer and I'll probably visit more schools. I plan to narrow down to five in the fall and take my officials and then decide like that, probably after the season."

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