According to a report from USA Today’s Dan Wolken, Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields intends to transfer. DawgNation has not yet confirmed that report, and Fields’ mother told the site that no decision has been made yet on the matter.
Fields served as the backup to Jake Fromm this season. The freshman quarterback was the No. 2 player in the country coming out of high school in the 2018 class. Fields is from Kennesaw, Ga., and played at Harrison High School. According to Wolken, Fields intends to apply for a waiver from the NCAA so he would be immediately eligible. If that waiver is not granted, he will have to sit out a season.
In his freshman season, Fields completed 27 of his 39 pass attempts for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for 266 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Fields did not start a contest, but he played in 12 of the 13 games. Fields’ last play at Georgia could end up being the fake punt on fourth and 11 on Georgia’s next to last drive in the SEC Championship game.
Still, with the report out there, many took to Twitter to voice a variety of opinions, ranging from the 2019 recruiting prospects, to how this will affect Georgia going forward.
Can you imagine being a 2019 QB about to sign on Wednesday and all of a sudden you see Justin Fields linked to the school you're committed to? What do you do then?
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) December 18, 2018
While not confirmed yet, if Justin Fields does in fact transfer, that would make the SECOND 5🌟 and #1 QB in the country that Jake Fromm has ran out of Athens.
If that doesn’t tell you how talented this kid is, I’m not sure what does.
— UGA Recruiting (@UgaRecruitNews) December 18, 2018
It was at this moment that Justin Fields knew he needed to transfer pic.twitter.com/3MGhfU6lfx
— Kirby Smart is Nick Saban’s son (@BuiltBySaban) December 18, 2018
If Justin Fields (No. 2 overall QB in 2018 class) does ultimately transfer, a wild trend would continue.
A top-2 QB recruit has transferred in every class dating to 2010. pic.twitter.com/OBtdxfAQyG
— Jason Starrett (@starrettjason) December 18, 2018
Georgia fans right now after an anonymous source drops the Justin Fields news… pic.twitter.com/lSXHbhZo8X
— 13thFloorSports (@13thFloorSports) December 18, 2018
For whatever it’s worth, Justin Fields is the best high school quarterback prospect I’ve watched up close
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) December 18, 2018
Of course as soon as the Fields transfer news was announced, people began speculating where he could possibly end up. Many threw out SEC rivals such as Auburn and Florida, just to name a few.
justin fields transferring to auburn would be an all-time day on the ol' message boards
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) December 18, 2018
Was the failed fake punt Justin Fields' last play at Georgia? Also, if he went to Auburn, oh man.
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) December 18, 2018
Top places I want to watch Justin Fields play next year (if eligible and assuming he’s the guy):
7. Ga Tech
— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) December 18, 2018
my bet on where justin fields goes. (no order)
— davis shepherd (@davis__shepherd) December 18, 2018
A number of people were also quickly praising Georgia’s current quarterback Jake Fromm. The sophomore quarterback has now seen two different 5-star quarterbacks leave the team in his time in Athens, should the Fields report be accurate. Jacob Eason, a 5-star quarterback in Georgia’s 2016 class, transferred to Washington last season.
If Justin Fields does indeed transfer,
Jake Fromm beat out two 5-star QB’s who then transferred.
— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) December 18, 2018
Not a shock. Hard to imagine him supplanting Jake Fromm next season. https://t.co/u2iwwnLyzJ
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) December 18, 2018
Speaks volumes that my boy @FrommJake has ran two 5⭐️’s out of Athens..best of luck to Field’s but Fromm is a great QB..don’t forget that
— Justin Smith (@Just_Smith87) December 18, 2018
I'll be sad to lose someone of Justin Fields' talent and character if true. But we are in good hands with Jake Fromm right now, and anyone saying Fromm should've been benched to try to keep Fields…is just plain dumb.
— Marty (@omfgwtfstfu) December 18, 2018
Fields spoke to reporters after the SEC Championship game, and when asked if he could guarantee he would be back at Georgia next season, he did not.
Again, Fields nor Georgia have officially announced anything regarding him transferring. The freshman quarterback was at Georgia’s practice on Monday, as the Bulldogs continue to prepare for the Sugar Bowl. Georgia will play Texas in New Orleans on Jan. 1.
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