ORLANDO, Fla. ― Justin Fields is in town this week taking part in activities for the Under Armour All-America Game.
Where will he be next week? According to Fields, that decision has not yet been made. He is still weighing whether to play baseball this spring for Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., to show off his wares for pro baseball scouts.
Fields told SEC Country’s Pete Scantlebury on Wednesday he has until Monday to make up his mind about that.
That will be quite the day. He’ll watch his Bulldogs take on Alabama for the national championship.
But will he watch as a newly enrolled college student or as a high school student with one last spring to show off what he can do on the baseball diamond?
The nation’s No. 2 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, is still weighing the options.
Fields said his family has collected information from an adviser that indicates a few major-league baseball teams are considering him as an early round pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Fields told SEC Country that those scouting projections range all the way up to him being a potential first- or second-round pick.
“That’s pretty much the factor we are weighing,” he told Scantlebury.
He said he has all the scouting advice he needs to make the decision.
“It is really just talking to my family about it,” he said.
Fields will skip the game portion of the Under Armour All-America Game festivities this week, but he took part in the skills competition Tuesday. He finished second with 250 points behind Stanford signee Jack West, a 4-star quarterback, in that event.
That’s a pretty good indication that the broken finger that ended his senior season is coming along quite nicely.
“I felt pretty good,” Fields told Scantlebury on Wednesday morning. “I wasn’t 100 percent but it still felt pretty good to throw and get back out there and compete.”
Fields said he had not planned on taking part in that quarterback skills event but made the choice to give it a try about 45 minutes before the competition.
He estimated he was about “75 or 80 percent” throwing the ball yesterday, but his overall competitive nature won out. He said he needs to build up strength and overall range of motion from the broken finger that ended his high school football season.
“It is really mainly just strength in my wrist, forearm and shoulder,” Fields said.
Fields shares his prediction about Georgia’s national championship meeting with Alabama in the video below.