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Artur Sitkowski enters NCAA transfer portal

The junior quarterback will look to find a new home for the 2021 season.

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Artur Sitkowski has entered the NCAA transfer portal. The junior quarterback made the announcement via Twitter on Friday.

Sitkowski has tested the transfer portal once before. In 2019, Sitkowski entered the portal but was persuaded to stay in Piscataway once the Scarlet Knights hired Greg Schiano as head coach.

The former four-star recruit in the Class of 2018 was named the starting quarterback for Rutgers as a freshman. He struggled mightily completing just 49.4% of his passes. Sitkowski totaled 1,158 yards with four touchdowns and 18 interceptions. However, he showed improvement in 2019 before redshirting the rest of that season after head coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator John McNulty were fired after four games.

In 2020 under Schiano, Sitkowski appeared in four games and made two starts. He went 52-for-81 for 444 yards and three touchdowns. He did not throw an interception.

As a whole for his career on the banks, Sitkowski completed 54.5% of his passes with Rutgers with 2,031 yards, eight touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Sitkowski wasn’t a statistical success at Rutgers, but he represented the program with class and had a strong work ethic. He was often cheering for his teammates and fellow quarterbacks this past season. His performance against Maryland helped Rutgers to victory.

The 6-foot-5 product of Old Bridge was a highly-touted recruit out of IMG Academy. He chose the Scarlet Knights over a long list of schools that included Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Florida, and Miami.

Sitkowski could be looking for a situation where there will be more playing time. Offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson said back in February that Noah Vedral will enter spring practice as the starting quarterback. It has seemed pretty clear the spread offense installed by Gleeson was not the best fit for Sitkowski’s skill set.

Sitkowski will enter the transfer portal with three years of eligibility left. The news comes exactly one week after the Scarlet Knights were able to land their highest-rated quarterback recruit in program history in 2022 product Gavin Wimsatt.