It’s being reported that Georgia star QB prospect Justin Fields is intending to transfer. If so, where are the best options for him to go?
To almost no one’s surprise, Georgia backup quarterback Justin Fields – according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken – is intending to transfer. And why? It’s that whole being a backup. Starter Jake Fromm has two years remaining, he’s not enough of an NFL prospect to turn pro early – but he’ll play in the league, though – and he’s not going to give up the starting gig.
If Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence wasn’t the nation’s No. 1 recruit last season, it was Fields. The 6-3, 220-pounder from just outside of Atlanta was and is the perfect blend of size, NFL tools, and mobility to be just about anyone’s starting quarterback.
Fromm might not be dynamic, he’s not a runner, and he doesn’t have the size of Fields or the tools, but he’s just too good to replace. How good? Former superstar Georgia recruit Jacob Eason will be the starter for Washington next season.
Fields was folded into the mix a little bit just to get him on the field, but now that he’s leaving, his Georgia legacy will be forever cemented as the guy who got stuffed on Kirby Smart’s ill-fated fake punt call against Alabama in the SEC championship.
And now the race is on for easily the top free agent on the market. Remembering he has to sit out a year, the best options for him are …
The guy was one of the nation’s top recruits. He starts two years from now at 100 other places – at least. Here are a few of the main options on the table.
Alabama: In the “can’t beat ’em, join ’em” category, Tua Tagovailoa has one more year, leaves early for the NFL, and then Fields slides right in.
Arizona: Khalil Tate won’t be there in two years – he might not be there this season. Working with Kevin Sumlin would be interesting.
Auburn: In a perfect world, he’d be next year’s starter. But there’s too much uncertainty to step in and wait for two years from now.
Florida: How AMAZING would the 2020 Cocktail Party be?
Georgia: He hasn’t officially announced that he’s leaving yet. He’s one bad luck moment for Fromm away from being the main man for a national championship-level program.
Georgia Tech: Close to home, and it’s a new era under Geoff Collins. The program gets a year to retool, and then the main man steps in.
LSU: Joe Burrow will be done in 2020, and Fields becomes the upgrade.
Miami: Is Mark Richt really going to have the program in the National Title Good territory? With Fields in two years, yeah.
Michigan: Shea Patterson was more than solid coming over from Ole Miss. Transfers do just fine there.
Mississippi State: This should probably be in the top four. Head coach Joe Moorhead almost got him to Penn State.
Oklahoma: Yeah, the place has done okay with transfer quarterbacks over the last two seasons, but … is is Lincoln Riley still there two years from now?
UCLA: This .. .would … be … fun. Dorian Thompson-Robinson will grow into the gig, but Fields with Chip Kelly? Look out.
USC: Others are piping in hoping he goes to LA with offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. Nah … JT Daniels is for real.
Wisconsin: Alex Hornibrook’s 17th and final season will be in 2019. The Badgers have a nice recruit in Graham Mertz coming in, but Fields could be Russell Wilson-good.