Former Georgia QB Justin Fields granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State

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Justin Fields at UGA

Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields has been ruled eligible by the NCAA to play at Ohio State this coming season.

The 6-foot-3, 221 pounder has three year of eligibility remaining after his only season in Athens. Fields, the No. 2 overall rated prospect in the 2018 signing class behind only Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, decided to leave Georgia following this past season after serving as a backup to starter Jake Fromm. Fields accounted for 328 yards passing with four touchdowns and added 266 yards on the ground with four more scores in 12 games.

Fields considered LSU, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Penn State and Texas A&M before deciding to sign with the Bulldogs at this time a year ago. He cited racial remarks made by former UGA baseball player Adam Sasser as having played a role in his decision to transfer. To make their case for immediately eligibility, Fields’ family hired attorney Tom Mars, who represented Shea Patterson in his case to play immediately following his transfer from Ole Miss to Michigan.

Federal privacy laws will not allow for the release of the specific reasons Fields cited to made public.

When Fields decided to head to Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, who was backup to Dwayne Haskins for the Buckeyes in 2018, transferred to Miami. Fields is the clear favorite to step into the starter’s role in Columbus.

The decision in favor of Fields will surely have an impact on Ohio State’s expected run at a national title in 2018, plus it will undoubtedly open the flood gates for every potential transfer to become immediately eligible at his new home in college football. This case may be the one that makes the rule where transfers must sit out a year soon become a thing of the past.

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