The Manalapan (N.J.) 2014 wide receiver learned of a verbal scholarship offer long before the Scarlet Knights moved conferences and the change was a cause for excitement, Blacknall said.
"This was my first time going back since they moved to the Big Ten," Blacknall said. "It was kind of a different feel because there was no more talk about Big East this or Big East that. It was just about what kind of situation they're heading to and that they want me to come to the Big Ten with them."
Conference affiliation was one of the main topics during Blacknall's visit, he said.
"I think that's a really good thing," he said. "Their conference, Rutgers is going to be playing with the big dogs now. I'm just really excited for that team. For me it's good because when I was being recruited by Rutgers before they played some good teams but now they're playing like the best teams in the country."
Blacknall spent the day meeting with coaches and watching a Rutgers practice as the team prepares for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Virginia Tech.
"I really learned more about my position and what [offensive coordinator Dave Brock] expects," Blacknall said. "We actually got to see the breakdowns and the film and scout other teams before they get ready for a bowl game. I just think it was really cool."
Blacknall also enjoyed a conversation with redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Bimonte, who graduated from Manalapan High School in 2011.
"We just had a normal conversation," Blacknall said. "How are you doing? How have you been? How's the family? He just said keep working hard and hopefully you'll be here one day. Mike is awesome. I just wish I actually played with him."