The deed is done. Justin Fields, arguably the best quarterback in the entire 2018 recruiting class and surely the No. 1 dual threat, is leaving Athens for Columbus. The Georgia Bulldogs understudy clearly has no interest in competing with Jake Fromm for the top job, and will instead seek his fortune with Ryan Day's Ohio State Buckeyes.
With his transfer now properly announced, Fields took to social media to share a statement reflecting on the momentous decision:
From one team frustratingly on the outside the College Football Playoff looking in to another.
Fields will miss out on playing for Urban Meyer, arguably the greatest teacher of athletic spread-scheme quarterbacks of all time, as the three-time national champion coach retired from the sidelines after the Scarlet and Gray won the Rose Bowl. But for Day, he presents a wonderful welcome-aboard present (though he'll have to sit out the 2019 season per NCAA rules).
When he's eligible to play as a redshirt sophomore, he figures to compete with Tate Martell for the starting QB job.
Jeremiah 29:11, the Bible verse Fields names in his tweet, reads as follows:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
In thanking the Georgia program, teammates, and fans, Fields struck all the right chords. But starting this spring, the real work begins. It's a whole new ball game for this talented QB.