On Friday, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields obtained a waiver from the NCAA declaring him eligible to compete immediately in 2019.
Fields, a five-star recruit in the 2018 class, transferred out of Georgia after only one season, choosing the Buckeyes. Now that he’s officially eligible for next season, Fields is expected to win the starting job during the offseason.
As talented as Fields is, he has big shoes to fill. In his only season as a starter at OSU, Dwayne Haskins broke several records and led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title and a win in the Rose Bowl. Only a slip-up at Purdue kept Ohio State out of the playoff.
Haskins is rooting for his projected replacement. In fact, he tweeted a message of support for Fields on Friday.
“Congrats lil bro, go light it up! #Reload #GoBucks,” Haskins wrote in part.
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) February 8, 2019
Haskins is expected to be the first quarterback off the board in this year’s NFL Draft. He is likely to be a top-10 pick, with several teams picking early in need of a new signal caller.
As for Fields, the pressure will certainly be on him from Day 1. How well he plays will go a long way in determining how the first year of the Ryan Day era goes.