Artur Sitkowski committed to Miami a few weeks ago following an unofficial visit to the school.
What to Like: Sitkowski checked into the Nike Camp a few weeks ago at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds. That will make him the biggest quarterback the Hurricanes have signed since Randy Shannon's staff landed Taylor Cook from the state of Texas a decade ago. Not only does he have prototypical size but Sitkowski has a very mature physical presence about him. Unlike Cook at that age, this kid already looks like a college quarterback from a physical standpoint. Sitkowski also has the arm talent you look for in a major college quarterback prospect. He has the ability to make just about every throw on the field and he hasn't even started his senior year of high school yet. He has the best arm talent of any quarterback the Hurricanes have signed in a long time. Sitkowski can also make things happen with his footwork and athleticism. He's not the caliber of runner as someone like Malik Rosier or Cade Weldon but he has enough athleticism to avoid a lot of negative plays and even make things happen on the ground. He finished his junior season with close to 300 yards rushing and nine scores. He's far more nimble than Brad Kaaya in that department. Sitkowski will also be playing this coming season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, which has become the closest thing to a college atmosphere that you'll get at the prep level. He'll be in a competitive, winning environment every single day and will be getting top notch coaching. His mechanics and overall football IQ should increase significantly there in the coming months.
What may concern you: He did not have a good season last season at Old Bridge High in New Jersey, at all. His team finished the season with just a 6-5-1 record and Sitkowski completed just 50-percent of his passes in those 12 games. He threw twice as many interceptions (10) as touchdowns (5) and he failed to throw a single touchdown in seven of those games. His quarterback rating for the season was just 55.5. It's unclear how much talent he had around him on that team but one thing's very clear -- Sitkowski's physical talent is too good for him to post those types of numbers. That's the biggest concern with him at this stage of the process. Hopefully his numbers will increase significantly this fall while playing at IMG and throwing to a bevy of talented pass-catchers who have the ability to make big things happen.
Bottom Line: Sitkowski is the latest example in the long line of decisions that Mark Richt has made that leads you to believe he wants a legit RPO (run-pass option; a dual threat) quarterback running his offense. He chose Rosier to be Kaaya's backup last August. The two quarterbacks he signed in his first class (Weldon and Nkosi Perry) are both RPO guys. Sitkowski has more physical talent than anyone on Miami's 2017 quarterback roster. However, he hasn't proven that he can play at a high level yet -- even in high school. That will be worth watching closely this coming season. Sitkowski became Miami's 12th commitment in the 2018 class, and his commitment was followed by a pledge from Brian Hightower, a 4-star wide receiver who is on his team at IMG Academy. From a recruiting standpoint, he's already making an impact for Miami's 2018 class.