Sitkowski, however, received his both in-depth look at the school Friday during an unofficial visit to campus with his family.
“It was my first actual visit where I’m learning about the program, learning everything,” Sitkowski said. “I learned about their philosophy and their core that makes the program run and everything about them.”
The look behind the scenes included a facility tour and meeting with academic adviser Jenna Beverly.
“She was great,” Sitkowski said. “We talked a little bit about the process and how she’s always there to help. She cares so much about the players. She talked to me about how much education is important at Rutgers.”
He met with multiple Rutgers coaches, and said head coach Kyle Flood impressed.
“I think he’s done a great job,” Sitkowski said. “They’re a great program, and they moved right to the Big Ten. They’re going to be a big-time contender and compete for a Big Ten Championship. They’re going to get better and better every year.
… “I was just getting to know the coaches better and they got to know me and my mom and brother. It’s about those personal relationships. I learned more about them as people and coaches.”
Sitkowski now holds offers from Maryland and Rutgers heading into his sophomore season and first year as the Old Bridge starting quarterback.
“Talking to coaches has been the same, and I think everything has been the same since my offers,” he said. “I’m still the same person. I’m still really hungry to win football games for my team. The only different thing is you go to these camps and people know about you now. You have to compete. They know who you are and they expect you to compete at the highest level.”