Hawaii Head Coach Nick Rolovich
Quick, versatile, tenacious, and violent are just a few of the adjectives Scout analysts have used to describe Artis. His is no secret in the recruiting world with 31 total offers. The list includes college heavyweights like Michigan State, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. On the field, Artis projects as either a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end. Artis displays elite-level talent, but at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds some schools are still trying to figure out just exactly how to utilize him.
Most Group of 5 programs have little luck competing with the big boys for recruits of Artis's level, but Hawaii is staying in the mix for him. Artis credits his relationship with Hawaii Head Coach Nick Rolovich and the program's location as to why UH has remained a school of interest for him. Assistant coaches typically handle the bulk of lead recruiting for programs across the country, but Rolovich has been his primary recruiter in this case. Artis plans to narrow down his list of over 30 offers to about 15 or fewer in the near future, and Hawaii should make the cut.
"Artis is a speedy, versatile pass rusher that flashes impressive explosion and burst at the snap of the football. This junior shows good use of hands when making initial contact with his opponent, and is an impressive athlete in space that's just relentless when tracking down the quarterback as well. You have to love Artis' tenacity and nasty style of play. He has violent hands to break free and disengage off blocks, and does a good job of winning the leverage battle and getting underneath his opponent as well. This is a skilled pass rusher that plays with great speed, technique and force."
“My attitude, the way I carry myself makes me stand out. When I do something you’ll know it’s me," Artis said of his game.
“It’s a blessing to even have them as an option,” Artis said of Hawaii. “They are very high up right now... Rolovich is a cool guy. I can definitely tell he likes to have fun. Every time we talk, he’s always joking around. I get the vibe from him that he knows when to be serious and he knows when to play around. It’s going to be fun if I do end up playing for him."
Offers from 30 other schools, including Iowa State, Maryland, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Temple, UCF, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Colorado, USF, Marshall and more.
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