Five-star dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields, the nation’s top prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, committed to Georgia on Friday during a pep rally at his high school.
Fields (6 feet 3, 221 pounds), from Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison in the Atlanta suburbs, originally pledged to Penn State before decommitting June 6. He chose Georgia over Auburn, Florida State and LSU.
Fields visited Georgia six times after his Penn State decommitment. On his latest visit to Athens, Fields saw Georgia manhandle Mississippi State on September 23.
That Georgia was able to land Fields isn’t a shock, as UGa had been considered the favorite for the past month or so. Still, he will be joining a quarterback room that already includes sophomore Jacob Eason and true freshman Jake Fromm, both of whom were big commitments in their own right.
Eason also was a five-star prospect and the No. 5 overall recruit in the 2016 signing class. He was the crown jewel of coach Kirby Smart’s first class at Georgia and started 12 games in 2016. He began this season as the starter but was injured in the first half of the season-opening win over Appalachian State. Fromm has started the past four games and is expected to start Saturday against Vanderbilt. Fromm was a four-star prospect and a national top-45 recruit in the 2017 class.
Fields’ decision likely will ratchet up transfer talk surrounding UGa’s quarterbacks. Smart already is having to deal with daily questions on what he will do about the starting job once Eason is 100 percent healthy; a commitment from the nation’s best quarterback adds another layer.
Fields is the second five-star commitment for Georgia in 2018. He joins Zamir White, who is considered the nation’s top running back in the class.
Georgia’s 2018 class now sits at 16 commitments. Fields is the eighth commitment from a Georgia high school player.
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