As Justin Fields’ reported pending transfer has yet to become official, a report suggests that there’s already a frontrunner to land the soon-to-be former Georgia quarterback.
Three teams have emerged as candidates for Fields, but Ohio State is the frontrunner, ahead of Florida State and Oklahoma, according to a report from The Toledo Blade. A report from USATODAY suggested the former 5-star QB will soon transfer. The Blade added that Fields has told coach Kirby Smart about his intent to transfer, and newly named Ohio State coach Ryan Day is the primary reason for Fields’ interest.
He intends to petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility. UGASports.com reported that Fields is expected to retain Tom Mars, the attorney who helped Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson gain immediate eligibility. Mars won several waiver cases in 2018.
Ole Miss players, for example, won cases to play immediately at Michigan and Florida following the Rebels’ bowl ban.
One aspect of Fields’ case could be a racial slur directed at him. Georgia baseball player Adam Sasser, who has since been dismissed from the team, allegedly yelled, and later apologized on Twitter for, the slur from the stands to put Fields in during the Tennessee game this season.
Under the NCAA’s new notification-of transfer rule, Fields is allowed to speak to coaches from other schools. Players no longer need permission from their current school to contact a potential transfer destination.
Fields, who is 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds, would have a good chance to start with the Buckeyes in 2019, presuming that Dwayne Haskins’ leaves for the NFL. There are several players in the mix at that position, however.
They are redshirt freshman Tate Martell, true freshman Matthew Baldwin, West Virginia graduate transfer Chris Chugunov, and walk-ons Kory Curtis and Daniel Vanatsky. The Buckeyes also have a commitment from 4-star Dwan Mathis, who is expected to sign during the early signing period Wednesday.