Justin Fields is the No. 1-ranked highschool soccer participant in America, and a few recruitniks assume he’s one of the best quarterback prospect in a number of years.
When Fields introduced his determination Friday — full with an area TV station helicopter overhead — the vacation spot wasn’t a shock. Nicely, not within the sense of anticipation — Georgia has been the favourite to land Fields for months.
However it’s a shock due to the circumstances, and in addition the newest improvement in a peculiar development for quarterback recruiting in school soccer. Elite highschool quarterbacks are appearing like NBA gamers, clustering at a handful of locations.
The issue? Solely one among them can play at a time.
Fields, who counts Cam Newton as a mentor and performed for his summer time 7-on-7 staff, will be a part of a Georgia roster that already contains a battle for the current and way forward for the place. Jacob Eason — ex-Jets QB Tony’s child — arrived final season as a 5-star freshman and the No. 2 quarterback within the nation, based on the 247Sports composite rankings. He began as a freshman, however acquired injured early on this season.
Eason won’t get his job again, as a result of true freshman Jake Fromm, one other prime-5 QB prospect, has helped the Bulldogs dispatch Notre Dame, Tennessee and Mississippi State and led them into the highest 10 of the nationwide rankings.
So Fields, who was as soon as dedicated to Penn State and will decide any faculty within the nation, determined to insert himself into that competitors. He’s a Georgia child, and his sister is dedicated to hitch the Bulldogs as a softball participant.
If Fields is actually the most effective QB prospect in years, he’ll discover a method onto the sector for the Bulldogs. However there’s some inherent danger — Eason and Fromm are additionally wonderful prospects and could have extra expertise than him. He may need to be affected person and wait his flip.
If there’s one thing we’ve discovered prior to now decade, it’s that blue-chip quarterbacks don’t like to try this. There’s virtually no probability that each one three of them will simply stick it out and compete for the job — no less than one will switch earlier than their careers are over.
Georgia just isn’t alone with this “drawback.” Alabama began freshman Jalen Hurts at quarterback final yr, however landed one of many three guys ranked forward of Fromm, Tua Tagovailoa, and 4-star prospect Mac Jones within the 2017 recruiting class. The Crimson Tide have been additionally a finalist for Fields.
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