Florida State football missed out on landing its highest rated recruit ever when QB Justin Fields, from Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison, announced his decision to attend UGA. The 6’3 221 lb. commit is ranked the No. 1 overall prospect and No. 1 dual-threat QB in the nation according to 247 Composite. Fields is the top-ranked player in Georgia just ahead of Clemson QB commit Trevor Lawrence. His .9998 rating would’ve made him the highest ranked recruit to ever commit to Florida State.
Fields de-committed from Penn State in early June. Since he re-entered the open market, the Seminoles have been all over the signal-caller. He made an unofficial visit to Florida State on June 14th, before returning for the second Jimbo Fisher Football Camp in late July but it wasn’t enough as Fields has been on UGA’s campus multiple times since then and is the primary reason on the UGA side why he chose them.
Randy Sanders, Jimbo Fisher, and Dameyune Craig were hoping to duplicate their success with Deondre Francois and Jameis Winston, the last top-ranked QBs to commit to Florida State, but it was not meant to be.
Georgia beat out numerous top programs for Fields, including Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, USC, Penn State, Texas, Louisville, and Clemson. In all, Fields had 41 total offers.
In 2016, Fields threw for 2,770 yards and 23 touchdowns, while running for 1,176 yards and another 15 scores. He led his team to a 10-2 record that ended in the second round of the 6A Georgia High School Football Playoff Bracket.
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