But after time with the coaching staff and hearing the buzz from teammate Skai More, Internicola feels he has a stronger understanding of the program.
"I enjoyed [camp] a lot," he said. "I was surprised by Rutgers. Once I got to know the real Rutgers, I loved it a lot. It's a great place.
"I wasn't expecting it to be a big school. I didn't really research it well. I didn't know it had over 30,000 kids. It has a good family environment. They're all about family at Rutgers and it's just a great school for everyone."
Internicola arrived later than some of his University teammates, but heard nothing but good things from Moore while heading to Piscataway.
"I came here yesterday," he said. "He's kind of mad that I got to fly and he had to drive all the way. He texted me even before I got here that it was amazing. Once I came up here, it surprised me a lot and I liked that surprise."
Internicola plays middle linebacker for University School, but worked as a defensive end at the Rutgers camp.
"I'm getting recruited as a defensive end for different schools, so it's not that big of a shock," he said. "My defensive line coach (Jim Panagos) for Rutgers and I are building a good relationship. That's something that I need at any school. I'm going to be with the coach for four years. I have to know that I can trust a coach and the coach can trust me."
In addition to Rutgers, Internicola listed Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue and West Virginia as his favorite schools. He visited Boston College earlier in the month and may take more visits before a targeted late-summer decision.
Moore and Internicola, who are friends off the field, have discussed playing for the same school and are receiving the most mutual interest from Rutgers.
"We've always talked about going to the same school together," he said. "We're best-friend teammates. It would be good for us to go to the same school together. We have a really good connection. If it works out, it works out."