January 4 Update: As has been expected of late, Fields has made his decision, and it’s not Florida State— although Fields did consider the Seminoles. He’ll head to Columbus and join Ohio State, per a tweet from his account on Friday night:
A report from USA Today published on Monday states that former five-star quarterback Justin Fields intends to transfer from Georgia after this season.
Fields, who was ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, signed with the Bulldogs out of high school, but received little playing time behind entrenched starter Jake Fromm this year.
Fromm started all 13 games for Georgia this season and Fields came in during certain packages, completing 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He added 266 yards and four scores on the ground as well.
At Georgia, Fields was also the subject of racist comments made during the Bulldogs’ win over Tennessee this season. Following an internal investigation, a Georgia baseball player was found to be the culprit and was subsequently dismissed from the program.
Should Fields hit the transfer market, nearly every team in the country will line up for his services. Mississippi State makes sense, as Joe Moorhead was Penn State’s offensive coordinator when Fields was committed to the Nittany Lions.
A report by ESPN states that, although the possibility exists of him returning to Athens, Fields is considering Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma as transfer destinations.
FSU fans are well acquainted with Fields, as he was heavily recruited by the ’Noles during the 2018 recruiting cycle. Fields took multiple visits to Tallahassee and was very connected to Jimbo Fisher’s former staff before ultimately committing to Georgia.
SB Nation and Tomahawk Nation’s own Bud Elliott compared Fields to a taller Russell Wilson as a high school recruit.
Currently, Florida State is projected to have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster next season with senior Deondre Francois, sophomore James Blackman and incoming freshman Sam Howell.