Ohio State has emerged as the frontrunner to land former five-star quarterback Justin Fields, who is expected to leave the University of Georgia after his freshman season, according to the Toledo Blade.
With the Buckeyes' quarterback room possibly uncertain next season pending Dwayne Haskins' NFL decision after the Rose Bowl, Ohio State's interest has peaked with Fields, notably his respect for coach Ryan Day as a quarterback whisperer, the report indicates.
Day helped develop Haskins, who led the nation in touchdown passes and passing yards, into a Heisman finalist this season within an offense that shattered numerous long-standing program records through the air.
Under the NCAA's new transfer rules, Georgia may not restrict Fields' decision and the quarterback is allowed to speak with coaches as he sees fit. According to reports, Fields is expected to retain attorney Tom Mars to aid with petitioning the NCAA for immediate eligibility. Mars worked with Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson and helped him earn a win with the NCAA this season in Ann Arbor after transferring from Ole Miss.
“I’ve helped more than a dozen student-athletes from different sports in the past year, but I don’t talk about it publicly unless there’s a good reason to do so,” Mars said, via The Toledo Blade.
Considered the No. 2 overall prospect in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings for the 2018 cycle, Fields originally committed to Georgia over Auburn, Florida State, Florida, and Alabama in Oct. 2017. He played in 12 of Georgia's 13 games this season, but did not start one, as sophomore Jake Fromm turned in another impressive campaign.