COLUMBUS, Ohio — The first few days of the Ryan Day regime are off to an exciting start as after hiring Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and retaining starting safety Jordan Fuller, Day has landed the No. 1 quarterback of the 2018 recruiting class, Justin Fields, as the Georgia QB is expected to officially transfer to Ohio State this weekend, according to a report by Lettermen Row.
According to the report, Fields is expected to arrive on Ohio State’s campus on Friday afternoon and officially move in this weekend in time for the spring semester to start at the university, allowing him to participate in the offseason program and spring football practice.
Reports first came pouring in back in December of Fields transferring out of Georgia because of his desire to play, as the Bulldogs already have star quarterback Jake Fromm. The reports became fact when Fields officially entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal a couple days later.
Throughout all of the reports, Ohio State had been named at the top of Fields’ transfer list, with one report saying that new head football coach of the Buckeyes, Ryan Day, was the biggest reason he wanted to transfer to OSU, given the success that Dwayne Haskins had under Day in the 2018 season.
Haskins even confirmed to reporters during the week leading up to the Rose Bowl Game that Fields had been in contact with Haskins about coming to Ohio State and that he was waiting to see if Haskins would stay at Ohio State for another year or be leaving for the NFL.
During his conversation with reporters, Haskins called Fields a “freak of nature” and a “freak athlete” as well as saying that he’s a “really good person”. “I worked out with him and Deshaun [Watson] over the summer,” said Haskins. “And you can see how much he wants to learn and how much he’s willing to commit himself to being great.”
Haskins still says he is undecided about whether he will stay at Ohio State or enter the NFL Draft, but if this report by Lettermen Row is accurate, it’s safe to assume that Haskins will indeed be going pro, as the Ohio State signal-caller is expected to be the top quarterback taken in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Fields joining the Buckeyes will be a huge boost for the program under new head coach Ryan Day as Ohio State will need the depth at quarterback. With Haskins most likely leaving for the NFL, that would leave the Buckeyes with just three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster – Tate Martell, Matthew Baldwin and Chris Chugunov. Fields would make that number four scholarship quarterbacks, which is how many Ryan Day says he likes to have in the QB room.
However, Fields transferring to Ohio State could cause some controversy as Tate Martell has said that he expects to be the starting quarterback at Ohio State next season.
Martell was the National Gatorade Player of the Year coming out of high school as part of the 2017 recruiting class and expected to be the starter one day at Ohio State. Having already had to sit a season behind J.T. Barrett and this past season behind Dwayne Haskins, Martell would not seem to be welcoming of the incoming transfer, Justin Fields, backed up by this little nugget:
Martell has no plans of transferring, however, as he told reporters last week heading into the Rose Bowl Game that he won’t be scared off by competition.
“Why would I leave for somebody who hasn’t put a single second into this program yet?” said Martell. “I’ve put two years of working my ass off into something that I’ve been praying for and dreaming of my whole life. To just run from somebody that hasn’t put a single second into workouts or anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance. This has been my dream since I was young, to play for Ohio State. I am not just going to walk away from something that I put so much time into.”
Who will end up being the starting quarterback at Ohio State next year still remains to be seen as Justin Fields will still have to petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility when he arrives at Ohio State, so the point could be mute if he is not granted said eligibility.
One thing that is for certain, Ohio State fans don’t need to be worried about a talent-level drop with new head coach Ryan Day.
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