Justin Fields has picked his new home. On Friday, January 4, after rumors indicated the move, it was announced that the former five-star quarterback will be heading to Columbus to play for Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Letterman Row confirmed the news.
According to the report, a big part of Fields’ decision to choose Ohio State was his close friendship with Buckeyes signal-caller Dwayne Haskins, who trains with Fields and quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery in Atlanta.
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.”
It is a major get for the Buckeyes, who will be looking to replace Haskins under center.
Fields, who threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns in limited action during his freshman season at Georgia, will challenge fellow five-star recruit Tate Martell for the starting job.
In high school, Fields threw for 4,187 yards, rushed for 2,096 yards, and recorded 69 total touchdowns.
It will be interesting to see how the quarterback competition plays out.