Reports: Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields transferring to Ohio State
Fields was the No. 2 player in the 2018 class
The move had been rumored since it became public that Fields would be transferring from Georgia following his freshman season. Fields will be enrolling at Ohio State for the spring semester, which will allow him to participate with the team in their offseason program and during spring practice this year. Oklahoma, Florida State and UCLA were reportedly also being considered by the former five-star prospect.
What may have given Ohio State the edge was Fields’ relationship with current Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Both players train with Quincy Avery, a QB coach based out of Atlanta.
Fields was the No. 2 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, finishing behind current Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. He did not win the starting job in Athens, however, as Jake Fromm held on to the position all season long. Fields did see some time, however, appearing in 12 games. He threw 39 passes, completing 69.2 percent of them for 328 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also displayed his abilities as a rusher, carrying the ball 42 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns. With Fromm returning for another season, Fields would have had a difficult time supplanting him from his starting role, and rather than wait another year, he decided to look for greener pastures elsewhere.
Of course, nothing will be guaranteed to him at Ohio State, either. Haskins has yet to publicly announce his plans for 2019, though most expect he’ll enter the NFL Draft. That would leave Tate Martell as the likely favorite to land the starting role for Ohio State in 2019, especially since Fields will likely have to sit out the 2019 season due to transfer rules. Odds are Fields will appeal that ruling, but there’s no way to know if he’ll win the case. Ohio State also has Matthew Baldwin, who was a four-star QB in its 2018 class who redshirted this season.
Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is expected to make his transfer to Ohio State official as early as today, according to a published report.
According to Letterman Row, Fields is expected on the Columbus, Ohio, campus Friday to move in ahead of the resumption of classes. The move would clear the way for him to participate in the offseason program and spring practice.
Fields, who informed Georgia coaches following the SEC Championship Game he would explore a transfer, has been in communication with Ohio State throughout the exploratory transfer process.
Ohio State had long been rumored to be the front-runner to land Fields. His decision could be tied to Buckeyes starter’s Dwayne Haskins impending decision to head to the NFL. (Fields and Haskins train with Atlanta-based quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery.)
Ohio State’s self-annointed-quarterback-in-waiting Tate Martell has been a vocal objector to Fields joining the Buckeyes.
Fields, a celebrated 5-star prospect from Kennesaw, played in 13 of 15 games for the Bulldogs this season. He did not appear in the Sugar Bowl.
Fields was 27-of-39 passing for 328 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his 13 appearances, and he also rushed 42 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs are still expected to have some depth behind starter Jake Fromm.
Georgia added two quarterbacks during the early signing period: former walk-on Stetson Bennett was one; former Ohio State rercuit Dwan Mathis was the other. Mathis flipped his commitment after the Bulldogs staff reached out three days before the early signing day. John Rhys Plumlee, a 4-star recruit, is expected to enroll this summer.