Georgia had a big recruiting weekend during the Auburn game, with lots of commits and players who’ve received offers in town to see what the Classic City has to offer. But it looks like the coaching staff also took the opportunity to let one visitor know that he’s welcome to stay in Athens a little longer.
Georgia has extended an offer to Harrison High quarterback Justin Fields. The 2018 signal caller has been putting up excellent numbers during his junior season, and has also been making highlight reel plays like these:
Fields has seen his offer list grow over the past few weeks, with the 6’3, 205 pounder now claiming tenders from Penn State, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech among others. He has excellent size, stands tall in the pocket, has good arm strength, and shows pocket awareness. Currently rated the #8 dual threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fields move up from there. Of note, his sister Jaiden is already committed to Georgia as a softball player.
An interesting question to ask is what this means regarding the recruitment of Cartersville QB Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence, rated by many as both the top pro-style quarterback in the country and the top high school player overall, has been a Bulldog target for a while now. At one point it looked like he would announce a commitment to either UGA or Clemson during the month of October. But that never happened, and Lawrence has since taken visits to Clemson, Georgia, and LSU.
Georgia has only offered three QBs for 2018: Lawrence, Fields, and Heard County standout Emory Jones, who committed to Ohio State over the summer. I wouldn’t read into this offer that Georgia thinks they’ve lost out on Lawrence. I would read it as an indication that Lawrence’s decision hasn’t been made, and Georgia doesn’t want to fall behind in the race to land Fields in the interim and end up with no quarterbacks in the 2018 class.
I think this is also an indication that, all things being equal, Jim Chaney and Kirby Smart would like to have both a traditional pro-style passer and a more dual threat guy in each class if possible. When you see a player right up the road who could help your team, and you have a scholarship to give, an offer makes sense. But they’re going to be judicious with those offers. With Jacob Eason looking entrenched in Sanford through at least 2018 and blue chip Houston County QB Jake Fromm incoming for the class of 2017, they don’t have to reach. Until later . . .