"I've been talking to the coaches and they just think that it would really help me to get into their strength and conditioning program and play spring ball," Lister said. "Getting through the offseason there is the best way to get me prepared to contribute early."
Lister is a three-star prospect and one of two tight ends committed in the class of 2014. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect could play both offensive line and tight end as a senior with powerhouse Katy, but remains set on playing tight end in the Big Ten.
Academics and the Big Ten were driving forces behind Lister's commitment to Rutgers and he is excited to get a jump start.
"I'm very excited about it," Lister said. "I think I have a chance to come in and contribute early if I play spring ball. When we get to two-a-days and training camp, I won't feel like I'm starting from scratch."
Lister joins Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast cornerback Kam Lott, New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy defensive end Eric Wiafe and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School linebacker Brandon Russell as planned spring enrollees at Rutgers.
"It's been good for me to get the process over with," Lister said. "All of the commits I've talked to on Twitter and stuff like that, I like them. I think I'm going into a great program. They're all going to be good teammates."
Katy is 1-0 on the season and will play tonight on national television. Lister did not log a reception in the 41-3 blowout and could play multiple positions tonight.
"We're doing pretty well, but we still have some thigns we need to clean up," Lister said. "I've played on national television before, but it's still pretty exciting. Our coach just wants to make sure we focus and don't worry about it too much. I'm treating it like any other game."