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Ohio State Insider Has Big Update On Justin Fields Transfer

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ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Justin Fields, a former five-star recruit and the No. 2 player in the class of 2018, is exploring a transfer from Georgia, and Ohio State football has been called the favorite to land him.

The Buckeyes will likely lose Dwayne Haskins to the NFL Draft after the Rose Bowl. Haskins could wind up being the top quarterback off the board this spring.

Fields is exploring a transfer, and is also looking at arguing for immediate eligibility. If he wins his waiver appeal, Fields will likely look to head to a school at which he can start right away.

Another former five-star recruit, Tate Martell, is the heir apparent already in Columbus, and he has already sent a not-so-coded message to Fields.

Still, it sounds like Fields-to-Ohio State is a strong, strong possibility.

An Ohio State recruiting insider says the Justin Fields transfer is "as close to being done as it can be."

Fields hasn't yet taken a visit to Columbus, as his Dawgs prepare to face Texas in the Sugar Bowl.

247Sports' Bill "Bank" Greene appeared on the latest edition of the Bucknuts Morning 5 podcast, and his update on the Fields situation should bring a smile to the face of Buckeye fans.

From the podcast:

"I think it's as close to being done as it can be, without Justin and Ryan Day conversing yet, which I think will happen after the bowl game.

"You hate to say 'done' because they're right up to the line now, and that conversation may not go well... Justin Fields should be visiting Ohio State. He and Ryan Day should sit down, discuss philosophy, strategy, how they see the kid's career going.

"I can't believe it won't go well, and I think if it goes well, I think this is going to be over. I think Justin wants to be at Ohio State, I think all the smoke is real. I think the connection between Justin Fields and Dwayne Haskins through quarterback guru Quincy Avery is real, I think Quincy Avery's relationship with Ryan Day is real. I think this is a go, and I think this is going to happen, but you hate to call it 'til Justin sees the campus and until Justin and Ryan sit down. And I think that's going to happen really soon, and I think Justin Fields is going to be at Ohio State in the not-too-distant future."

If he succeeds in landing Fields, Day is going to have one of the biggest quarterback battles in the country ahead of his first season as head coach.

That is not a unique situation for Ohio State football to find itself in, based on recent seasons, but it is still something sticky for a young head coach to contend with.

Florida State and Oklahoma are also reportedly involved with Fields.

[247Sports]