Justin Fields, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, is reportedly planning on transferring out of the Georgia football program.
USA TODAY first reported news of Fields’ transfer on Monday night. ESPN later reported that while Fields might end up transferring, he hadn’t yet made a decision.
A couple of major schools have been mentioned potential options for Fields.
The Toledo Blade is now reporting that Ohio State has emerged as the favorite.
“Ohio State is the front-runner to land Georgia quarterback Justin Fields. Ryan Day is a primary reason for the former five-star’s interest in the Buckeyes,” Kyle Rowland tweeted.
Sources: Ohio State is the front-runner to land Georgia quarterback Justin Fields. Ryan Day is a primary reason for the former five-star's interest in the Buckeyes. https://t.co/NRL8X4A6Vz pic.twitter.com/rtAHcsCWYu
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 18, 2018
The true freshman backup at Georgia has alerted coach Kirby Smart of his intent to transfer. Ohio State coach Ryan Day is a primary reason for Fields’ interest in the Buckeyes.
Fields, who will be the most coveted free agent in college football, is also considering Florida State and Oklahoma.
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 has become a transfer whisperer, winning several waiver cases in 2018.
It’s unclear if Fields will actually be made eligible for the 2019 season. Ohio State is expected to lose Dwayne Haskins to the NFL, but has former top recruit Tate Martell ready to step in.