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High school coach on Justin Fields: ‘Competition will never deter him, wherever he is’

Justin Fields.
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Five-star quarterback Justin Fields committed to Georgia on Friday, and while that surprised some because Georgia already has highly touted quarterbacks Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm on campus, his high school coach says Fields will shrug that off.

“Justin Fields loves competition,” Matt Dickmann, his coach at Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison, told GN. “He loves to compete against the best. Competition will never deter him, wherever he is. When he went to the Nike Opening, he wanted to be the best and he went out there and proved he was the best. More than anything, Justin thrives on competition.”

Dickmann said the Bulldogs are getting a high-level player and a classy person.

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“Georgia is getting an outstanding person,” Dickmann said. “He’s an outstanding student as well. … As far as the player, I think everybody can see what they are getting there. He’s a big, strong-armed kid that makes plays with his arm and his legs. He makes truly good decisions on the football field, so they’re getting the best one that I ever coached at the quarterback position.”

Fields (6 feet 3, 221 pounds) is the top overall prospect in the nation for the 2018 class. When did Dickmann know he had such a special talent?

“When kids come in as freshman, it always depends on how they grow,” Dickmann said. “He had a great highlight tape from middle school, but with all that, it still comes down to how much a young man is going to grow and how hard he is going to work.

“Obviously, he has grown into a big young man, but he has also worked extremely hard. I think watching him his 10th-grade year, we started putting plays on him that would make us more successful. Then, in his junior year, we basically changed the playbook to run-pass options, where he would make the decisions every play. A lot of people ask me, ‘Well, why don’t you make the decisions?’ My answer is because I’m not on the football field.

“You coach a young man up and tell him this is what we want to do, and he is smart enough to handle it. So, we changed the offense to suit his talent, and he just blossomed and ran with it. We knew then he was going to be pretty special.”

Dickmann and his staff said Fields didn’t need much help with the recruiting process.

“When you’re as good as Justin, there is no need to help a lot, but I do have a couple funny stories,” Dickmann said. “Not mentioning any universities, but people would come see me because they knew me. I would show them Justin’s 10th-grade highlights and then they would be very upset with their graduate assistants back at their college because they didn’t know about this kid.

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