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Justin Fields is heading to Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Justin Fields: Ohio State set to land coveted transfer quarterback

COLUMBUS — Former 5-star quarterback Justin Fields will be transferring to Ohio State.

Multiple sources confirmed the plans to Lettermen Row on Friday morning, indicating Fields is expected on campus with the Buckeyes later in the afternoon and set to move in this weekend ahead of the resumption of classes, clearing the way for him to participate in the offseason program and spring practice.

The rumors that the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Fields was looking to leave Georgia picked up in mid-December, reaching a boiling point when he entered his name into the transfer portal after just one season with the program. The Buckeyes, competing along with Oklahoma, Florida State and UCLA, were reportedly in the mix to land the dynamic signal-caller right from the start. But his friendship with Dwayne Haskins may have helped put Ohio State over the top.

Fields and Haskins both train with Atlanta-based quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery, who has been an outspoken supporter of new Buckeyes coach Ryan Day for his ability to train and develop players at that crucial position.

“The thing about Ryan Day, in speaking with Dwayne in terms about how Ryan Day helped his development, is the offense at Ohio State,” Avery told Lettermen Row. “He gives a bunch of pro-style concepts. The things he does on third down are very creative.

“He prepares you with the quarterback mindset to play at the next level. That’s all you can ask for as a college quarterback, someone who is going to teach you and help you get better and help you grow as a quarterback.”

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Ohio State will add former 5-star recruit Justin Fields at quarterback. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Fields, the country’s No. 2-ranked overall prospect in the recruiting class of 2018, will be granted a full release from Georgia. From there, it’s expected that he will petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility in Columbus.

In October, a Georgia baseball player was dismissed from that program after it was discovered he was using racial slurs aimed Fields. There is no timetable for a decision about his eligibility. It was not until April of 2018 when Shea Patterson was ruled eligible for Michigan this past season.

Whether he is granted full and immediate eligibility or not, Fields will be able to compete this spring for the Buckeyes. He will give Ohio State some much-needed quarterback depth as Day and his staff look to name a new starting quarterback with Haskins expected to depart two years early for the NFL Draft. Returning redshirt sophomore Tate Martell has been very vocal in his belief that he’ll win the starting job over Fields if he’s eligible to play this season, and Ohio State will also have hand-picked Day recruit Matthew Baldwin competing for the spot.

In his freshman season at Georgia, Fields played in every game except for the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns against zero interceptions. He also ran for 266 yards and scored more four times with his legs for Georgia.

“I would say [Fields] is a freak of nature,” Haskins said before the Rose Bowl. “Dude is like 6-3, 230, rocked up — freak athlete. But he’s a really good person, too. Worked out with him and Deshaun [Watson] over the summer, and you can see how much he wants to learn and how much he’s willing to commit himself to being great.

“He’s a great kid.”

Now he’s set to be an Ohio State quarterback as well.

Stick with Lettermen Row for continued coverage of Justin Fields and what it means for the future of the quarterback position at Ohio State.

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CentralBuck

Nice get for the Bucks! Looks like Tate got his wish…

How will the Buckeyes go about getting immediate eligibility granted for Fields?

Bristol24
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Bristol24

Boom!!!

Traptnmi
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Traptnmi

Hope to god he has to sit this one out, cause I’m all in on the Tater train. If not, Tater’s not shying away from the comp. Tater’s a winner and has been loyal to his team unlike the 5 star

RunZekeRun
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RunZekeRun

Tate was loyal to program because the offense fit his skill sets. OSU is moving away from his strengths. I was one that was not impressed with he and his cockiness on QB1.

Traptnmi
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Traptnmi

I am impressed with his confidence or as you see it, cockiness. Tate throws a beautiful ball and is an electric runner when he has to, so OSU is Not moving away from his strengths. I suppose I was one of the few that watched his games in H.S. live

Brunstar
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Brunstar

5-Star Friday!

Birm, on a scale of 1-100 how excited are you about this?

Kid Buckeye
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Kid Buckeye

BOOM
This will gives us 2 4-stars and a 5-star to settle the starting QB spot.

David
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David

Gotta believe OSU is fairly confident that he’ll be granted eligibility immediately. If not, he’ll be a junior the first year he’s eligible at OSU, and if he’s as good as everyone says he is, he’ll be gone after playing one year.

jbirmmd
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jbirmmd

Definitely would like to see 2 years out of him.

Then Baldwin can take over as a RS junior.

JOHN
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JOHN

Birm, why would the NCAA allow him to play immediately for OSU, just because he felt uncomfortable in the environment at Georgia.Heck,I heard that his sister just got a scholarship to Georgia. Go figure!

Rick Malone
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Rick Malone

Hey Birm, will he count for this recruting period for us ? I was just wondering because I didn’t see him on 247 for this year’s recruits ? Thanks

Keith Lockerman
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Keith Lockerman

See ya, hope you get your way in Ohio OR it will be, I’m taking my ball and going home again.

Brunstar
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Brunstar

Maybe he doesn’t like being called the N-Word by people still bitter about having their state burnt to the ground 150+ years ago.

yamadawg
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yamadawg

Wow – you are an asshole. What a comment to make. Let me guess, you’ve never traveled outside of the state of Ohio. Before acting like a complete dumb shit, maybe read a article or two. First, of all Justin is from metro Atlanta. That is in Georgia! Additionally, Justin didn’t hear the comments. A, and that is singular, UGA baseball player ALLEGEDLY made offensive and unacceptable comments. He was drunk. It is horrible; however the university handled it and the baseball player was kicked off the team. This happened at the end of September. It is old news. I… Read more »

RunZekeRun
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RunZekeRun

BAHAHAHAHA. Move along Bulldog.

David
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David

UGA will be fine Keith. They’ve Jake Fromm State Farm.

Colortv1967
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Colortv1967

Must be a sour grapes Georgia fan.

Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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