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Kirby Smart Reveals Plan For Georgia 5-Star QB Justin Fields

justin fields runs the ball during the sec championship game

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Justin Fields might not be playing football for Georgia during the 2019 season, but the Bulldogs' five-star freshman quarterback isn't leaving Athens, Ga. just yet.

The former No. 1 dual-threat quarterback recruit is reportedly planning on transferring out of the Georgia football program, but he could be playing in the Sugar Bowl against Texas.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart updated the plan for Fields while speaking to reporters this evening.

Fields apparently wants to play for Georgia this postseason, while considering his transfer options. He was added into the NCAA's transfer portal earlier this week.

“He decided he wanted to play in the Sugar Bowl, and I told him ‘absolutely, we want you there,’ ” Smart said this evening. “Justin is working extremely hard, he’s in the meeting rooms, he’s still rolling with our twos. I’m pleased with his work and demeanor, he has had good reps.”

Smart added that he would love for Fields to remain with the Bulldogs heading into the 2019 season, though there's not much that Georgia can do.

“I don’t think there’s anything you can do (to convince him to stay),” Smart said. “We’ve been very open and honest that we would like him to stay. He’s worked really hard. He competed his tail off throughout the year and played a team role throughout the year.”

Several major programs have been linked to Fields, with Ohio State reportedly emerging as the frontrunner right now.

From the Toledo Blade:

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. 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.

Fields has also been linked to Penn State and Mississippi State, among other programs.

Stay tuned.