Ohio State is looking for a new quarterback to replace the recently-departed Dwayne Haskins, and it could be one of the top-ranked recruits to ever play for the Buckeyes. The NCAA approved a waiver on Friday that allows rising sophomore transfer quarterback Justin Fields to play immediately in Columbus. Fields played as a true freshman at Georgia in 2018 and transferred to the Buckeyes in January following bowl season.
"I am happy for Justin and his family," coach Ryan Day said in a statement. "I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin."
Fields, the No. 2 overall player and top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018, will likely be the front-runner for the top spot on the depth chart for the Buckeyes following Haskins' departure and Tate Martell's transfer to Miami. With a recruiting of 0.9998, he is the top-ranked high school player to ever play for the Buckeyes according to the 247Sports composite rankings, edging out former quarterback Terrelle Pryor (0.9997).
"I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty," Fields said in a statement. "I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall. I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process. While my case was pending before the NCAA, my family and I did not feel that it was appropriate to publicly speak about the circumstances leading to my transfer. In my silence, people began to speculate, and the story took on a life of its own.