Though he has yet to be formally named the starter by Ryan Day, Justin Fields is widely expected to play most of the season at quarterback for Ohio State. One ESPN analyst had a comment today on Fields that should be especially exciting for Buckeyes fans.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, ESPN analyst Ryan Clark recalled seeing Fields and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at The Opening several years ago. He said that he felt Fields was the best he'd ever seen for a player his age.
When I saw Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence at @TheOpening 3 summers ago I knew they’d both be stars. Honestly, Fields was the best I’d ever seen at that age. So, to watch where his journey has gone these last 2 years is just crazy to me.
Clark is no Ohio State homer, so you don't exactly need to take his statement with a grain of salt. Considering how good Trevor Lawrence was as a freshman, even being in the same paragraph as him has got to be pretty reassuring.
Fields transferred to Ohio State in the offseason after riding the bench for Georgia as a freshman.
As a prospect in 2018, Fields was the No. 2 overall recruit in the country per 247Sports. He was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 8 prospect on the site's all-time rankings.
But despite his big move to Columbus, he has huge shoes to fill. If named the starter, he'll be taking over for Dwayne Haskins following a record-breaking year at quarterback. His strong season culminated in a historic blowout win over Michigan, a Big Ten title, and a Rose Bowl win.
Suffice it to say, being about as good as or better than Trevor Lawrence may be Fields' best chance of leading the Buckeyes closer to a national title.