Lister played tackle as a senior at Katy (Texas), and has an experience edge as a blocker. Lister brings a bigger frame at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, and will even wear Carrezola's No. 89 this season.
"It feels good to be trusted with a number that a great player like Paul wore before me," Lister said. "It's an honor, and I'm going to wear it with pride."
Lister enrolled early to get ahead, and hopes to make a quick impact in the spring.
"I came because I want to play early, but I know I have to earn it," Lister said. "I don't know yet. I'm going to work for it."
Lister played tackle as a senior to help his team come within a game of the Texas State title. Rutgers recruited him consistently as a tight end, where he is ready to return.
"I'm happy to be back at it," Lister said. "I'm happy that I can be like more of an athlete now. It may be a little of an adjustment. It's a lot more running than I did at tackle. I think my hands are right where they were. It might be a little bit of a shock at first, but I'll be good."
The return to tight end began in California where Lister starred in the Semper-Fidelis All-Star Game.
Lister played for the west squad and moved to Rutgers the next week.
"It was fun, for sure, but it wasn't a big deal that it was on television," he said. "I've played on national television a bunch of times. It's kind of your average Friday in Texas. Maybe the competition was a little higher, but it was still pretty cool. It was definitely the lowest-populated game I've ever been to."
The first two weeks for Lister have been about assimilating to the college lifestyle, and New Jersey.
"He's (Campanile) out recruiting every day," Lister said. "I've tried to catch up with him about stuff. Everything I've heard about him, he's a really good coach. He helped build up Don Bosco when he was there. I'm just excited to learn from him."
Kroft led Rutgers in receptions as a sophomore on his way to all-conference honors.
"He's a really good player," Lister said. "He made players every game pass-catching wise. It's pretty cool that one day, they can use me like that."