Leading into a Friday unofficial visit to New Jersey, Lister called tight ends coach Anthony Campanile to offer a soft verbal commitment and then solidified things with head coach Kyle Flood in the afternoon. Lister, who is a soft verbal commitment, said he "definitely" expects to become a solid verbal after this week's unofficial visit."
"It's a really exciting feeling because I know how great of an opportunity it can be for me," Lister said. "Honestly the only thing that was holding me back was not being there on a visit yet, but I expect to really see everything I need to see and feel great about it. I'm excited to visit and see what a great place Rutgers is."
Lister is the second tight end commitment for Rutgers in as many days. With an emphasis on the position from new offensive coordinator Ron Prince, the Scarlet Knights continue to establish depth at a previously depleted position.
The Scarlet Knights are expected to take just two tight ends in the class of 2014 and now have their two in Lister and George Behr of East River (Minn.).
"I think it's a great offense and the kind that I want to play in," Lister said. "They use two tight ends at a time, they play action out to their tight ends and that's what I'm looking forward to do it."
Lister has never met with Flood but said he has good relationships with the staff and is excited to meet his future coach Friday.
"It's pretty important because I don't want to be playing for a head coach that I'm uncomfortable with," Lister said. "[I just] talk to coach Prince and coach Campanile but they always talk about what the head coach is like. I talk to them daily on Facebook pretty much. I'm pretty close with them both."
Like many of the 14-person class of 2014, the Big Ten was a major selling point.
"That's really big," Lister said. "My dad grew up in Wisconsin and he always told me I'd be perfect in a Big Ten offense. That's exciting."
With a father in the United States military, Lister moved around a lot and spend time in the area during a stint in Washington, D.C. Moving around is not an issue for the Texas tight end, he said.
Finding a home feel, however, is important to Lister, who is eager to see Piscataway, N.J.
"It's been on top of my visit list for a while," he said. "I want to see the facilities and the stadium and meet with the academic advisors and everything like that. Whenever I'm talking to the coaches, whether it's coach Prince or coach Campanile, they're always talking about how great it is."