Alabama won the national title last season thanks in large part to the play of freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench in the national championship game to lead a second half comeback. Tagovailoa spent the whole season playing sparingly behind Jalen Hurts, but was ready when needed.
Both highly-touted freshmen grew up near each other: Lawrence played for Cartersville (Ga.) High School while Fields played for Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. Both have to compete with incumbent starters (Kelly Bryant at Clemson and Jake Fromm at Georgia) to have a shot at playing time this fall.
However, they just might be too good to keep off the field. ESPN's David Hale has a strong feature story on the pair, who he says could wind up being "the next Tua Tagovailoa."
As Hale said, both Lawrence and Fields will likely see the field this fall, either by unseating Bryant or Fromm or splitting time with them.
And yet, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has already talked about finding ways to use both QBs this season, and Georgia fans are eagerly comparing the Jake Fromm-Justin Fields dynamic to the David Greene-D.J. Shockley battle plan from the early years of Mark Richt's tenure there: two QBs with divergent skill sets joining forces to win an SEC title.
Not only were Lawrence and Fields the top two quarterback recruits in the 2018 class, they were the top two recruits in the class period.
They should have the chance to live up to that lofty status sooner rather than later.