"It was really good to see the campus, tour the facilities," Lister said. "It definitely sealed the deal in what I'm looking for in a college."
Lister toured the academic and social parts of the university along with an inside view of the football program. He left impressed.
"I thought it was awesome," Lister said. "I really like the campus. It felt like a college town. I did everything. I met with a dean, went through all the facilities, met with players, coaches, watched film, everything."
Lister spent the early stages of his recruitment with tight ends coach Anthony Campanile and offensive coordinator Ron Prince. Friday marked his first meeting with coach Kyle Flood, who welcomed him into the 2014 committed class.
"He was awesome," Lister said. "I spent a good amount of time in his office talking to him and it made me just really look forward to playing for him."
Lister is one of two committed tight ends in the class and will be one of five on scholarship for Rutgers, which looks to rebuild its ranks at the position.
Prince puts a high value on tight ends in his scheme, Lister said, and that was a selling point.
"I think I'm a perfect fit," Lister said. "It definitely fits my play style. It's good for me. I couldn't think of a better place to go play my college football."
Lister grew up in a military family and leaving Texas for college is not a concern, but a reason to get excited, he said.
"I kind of think of it as a plus because I get to represent Texas in a new place," Lister said. "I'm excited because the campus was great and I feel like I'm part of the Rutgers family already."