Eliah Drinkwitz is doing a lot of evaluation and recruiting these days. He has offered two quarterbacks recently. One is Artur Sitkowski of Old Bridge (NJ). The other quarterback he offered this past week was Quincy Patterson.
Patterson (6-4, 220) and Sitkowski could not be more different. Patterson is a run-pass threat while Sitkowski is a player who would prefer to drop back as a pro style. Patterson is from Chicago (IL), Sitkowski from New Jersey.
One common theme is both players have several Big Ten offers to their name. Patterson has been offered by Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State from the Big Ten. Quarterback Justin Fields has already committed to Penn State from the 2018 class so that might take the Lions out of the running. Schools outside the Big Ten that have offered include Syracuse, Mississippi State, Virginia and Vanderbilt.
It has been a lot easier for Patterson to visit Big Ten schools so far. That comes from living in Chicago right in the heart of the Big Ten. He has been to Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State. Vanderbilt is the only school outside the league that he has visited. Despite that Patterson says he is not dead set on playing in the conference he grew up around.
"I'm pretty open minded about any school and any conference. I'm not even really looking for any kind of offense. I can play in different offenses. What I'll be looking for is just what I like about all the schools recruiting me. That's what it will come down to for me more than anything else."
Patterson said the NC State coaches want him to make it down to a Junior Day in January. He said he wants to make it happen but seems unsure on whether it's realistic.
"Hopefully I can make it but considering it's in North Carolina that's kind of far. I do want to visit sometime but I'm not sure when I will."
Drinkwitz had his first talk with Patterson four days ago. During that introduction Drinkwitz told Patterson he liked what he had seen from him to that point. He said he would travel to Eric Solorio Academy where he goes to school to learn more about him. He visited Patterson's school last Wednesday and that's when the offer happened. Drinkwitz has seen film of Patterson that comes from his 2,000-yard passing performance as a junior this year.
"He likes the fact I can basically do anything and fit into any system he draws up. He tells me I can legit be a pro style quarterback or I can look to be a dual threat. I feel like I can be versatile and play in any offense."