After weeks of rumors, it's now official: Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, has transferred from Georgia to Ohio State. Fields made the announcement in a tweet on Friday night.
The Kennesaw, Ga., native was the top dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school last season and was rated behind only Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence nationally.
Fields is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback who trains with the same quarterback coach as Dwayne Haskins. At the Rose Bowl, while Haskins said that he didn’t know what Fields would do, he did admit that he had answered questions about Ohio State and new head coach Ryan Day for the now former Bulldog signal-caller. He also called Fields a “freak of nature.”
OSU’s current backup QB Tate Martell has been very outspoken about his intention to start for the Buckeyes in 2019 should Haskins decide to enter the NFL Draft. In fact, he has sent out multiple tweets seemingly warning Fields not to make another mistake in choosing a school, as he apparently did when going to Georgia.
While Fields has been very quiet throughout the transfer rumors, things quickly soured for Fields in Athens following a September incident in which one of UGA’s top baseball players yelled a racial slur about the QB from the stands. After an investigation, the player, Adam Sasser, was kicked off of the team; he eventually apologized to Fields.
Many have speculated that this incident could be grounds for Fields to request — and receive — a transfer waiver from the NCAA to play immediately at his new school. Fields is expected to be represented by Tom Mars, the attorney who guided Michigan’s Shea Patterson through the NCAA petition process in order to play for the Wolverines without sitting out.
With Fields joining the Buckeyes’ quarterback room, that almost certainly confirms that Haskins is (as he should be) heading to the NFL. That would mean that Ryan Day and the newly hired Mike Yurcich will have Fields, Martell, Matthew Baldwin, graduate transfer Chris Chugunov, and a pair of walk-ons in the QB room.