June 23, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Michigan found its quarterback for the class of 2017 back in February, shortly after wrapping up a top 10 recruiting class in the previous cycle.
Dylan McCaffrey, a five-star prospect from Colorado, the son of ex-NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and brother of Stanford star Christian McCaffrey, will be a freshman at Michigan in 2017.
So while Jim Harbaugh and his staff continue to seek out prospects to join McCaffrey in their upcoming class, plenty of Michigan’s quarterback recruiting at the moment rests in the 2018 class.
The one player who sits atop that board is four-star passer Artur Sitkowski from (where else) New Jersey. And over the past month, Sitkowski’s had two opportunities to work side-by-side with both Harbaugh and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch.
He was impressed.
“It was indescribable. Awesome. I loved it so much,” Sitkowski raved after working with Harbaugh and Michigan at a satellite camp in New Jersey earlier this month. “Their hard work rubs off on you. It was awesome.
“I loved it.”
Sitkowski spent some time chatting with Fisch after the Paramus Catholic camp wrapped up and then went over to thank Harbaugh for the event once again before heading home.
A week later, he was in Ann Arbor to take part in Michigan’s “Aerial Assault” quarterback camp — working most of the day in the same group as McCaffrey.
The No. 4-ranked pro-style passer in 2018 (and No. 45 overall) by 247sports, Sitkowski already boasts an impressive early offer list that includes Ohio State, Penn State, Florida State, Wisconsin and more.
And Michigan, of course.
“They’re really recruiting me hard right now,” Sitkowski said. “Coach Fisch especially. And coach Partridge with those deep New Jersey roots. I have some schools standing out right now. Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Boston College. Those are the schools that are sticking out right now.
“My decision should be done hopefully by the end of the spring evaluation period next year.”
As a sophomore at Old Bridge High School in Matawan, New Jersey last season, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Sitkowski threw for 1,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions during his first year as a full-time starter.
Much has been made about Harbaugh’s camp tour this June. Whether the motives are all about recruiting or simply the love of football. Whether or not this stuff will actually work in terms of netting Michigan new talent.
Sitkowski is, without a doubt, a player who walked away with a positive review after two extended workouts with Michigan’s coaching staff.
Whether or not it’ll pay off in the long run remains to be seen.
“If you go to that university, you’re going to get coached by them for the next four to five years so it means a lot to me (to have this chance),” he said. “I loved it so much. I loved every single second of it. There were definitely drills that I know will get me better, stuff I’ll incorporate in my workout.
“He gets fired up, screams at you, gets you throwing the ball, it was awesome. I loved it.”