Artur Sitkowski, a 4-star quarterback prospect, is one of the biggest recruits for Rutgers football this season.
Sitkowski headlines Rutgers’ 2018 recruiting class going into the early signing period, which begins on Wednesday and runs through Friday.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound quarterback from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is one of the top recruits in Rutgers football history. Sitkowski, a native of Old Bridge, N.J., originally was committed to Miami. However, he shocked the college football world when he changed his mind and pledged to Rutgers coach Chris Ash.
With Sitkowski’s commitment to Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights rank in the top 50 in recruiting rankings, checking in at No. 40 in the 247Sports 2018 football recruiting composite team rankings.
Artur Sitkowski: Stats, bio
Name: Artur Sitkowski
Weight: 215 pounds
School/Team: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Hometown: Old Bridge, N.J.
Artur Sitkowski: Recruiting rankings
National: No. 239
Position: No. 10
State (N.J.): No. 44
Note: These rankings are from 247 Sports
Artur Sitkowski: Commitment
Sitkowski is one of the best quarterbacks in his class, which made his commitment flip from Miami to Rutgers all the more surprising.
After his junior year of high school, Sitkowski decided to transfer to IMG Academy. Shortly after his arrival, he committed to Miami. However, that didn’t stop Rutgers, as the program continued to pursue the pro-style quarterback.
In addition, Sitkowski was in a less-than-stellar position at IMG Academy, spending most of his senior season holding a clipboard on the sidelines after he had a poor performance against Miami Central. This may have soured Sitkowski’s desire to play college football in Florida, and Rutgers continued to push for him.
It all paid off for the Scarlet Knights. Sitkowski changed his commitment early in November after visiting Rutgers. He made his announcement on Twitter.
See the tweet below:
Trust The Process pic.twitter.com/KPDerynnem
— Artur Sitkowski (@artursitkowski4) November 2, 2017
“I want to thank Coach [Mark] Richt and his staff for believing in me, giving me an opportunity to play football at the next level, as well as their continuous support,” Sitkowski said on Twitter. “I’ve had many sleepless and thoughtful nights throughout this process and I’m ready to turn a new page for the next chapter in my life. In my heart I believe that I cannot let the opportunity to play for my ‘Hometown School’ slip past me. I believe in this program and I am announcing today my commitment to Rutgers University. I believe that Coach Ash & Coach [Jerry] Kill and this great University will help me fulfill all of my dreams and aspirations. It has been a dream of mine to rep my home state. Thank you to everyone that has helped me in this process.”
In an interview with nj.com, Sitkowski said Rutgers never gave up.