It’s official. After nearly a month of rumors, Justin Fields is leaving Georgia and transferring to Ohio State. Fields’ decision obviously has many implications for the entire college football landscape, but especially for Ohio State. Here are the three biggest:
- Dwayne Haskins is going to the NFL– This is one is not a surprise. Haskins had a sensational season in his third year with the Buckeyes. He rewrote the record books, was a Heisman finalist, and led the Buckeyes to a both a Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship. Haskins is projected to be the first quarterback taken in this year’s draft, and could possibly be taken in the top ten or even top five. Also, Haskins, who is close friends with Fields, revealed that he had been in contact with Fields and that Fields was waiting to hear his NFL decision. With that being said, it would not make very much sense for Justin Fields to come to Ohio State if Dwayne Haskins would still be on the roster.
- Decisions, Decisions– Justin Fields may not be eligible to play for Ohio State this season due to the NCAA’s transfer rule. However, Fields is applying for a hardship waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility due to a racial slur directed at him by a Georgia baseball player. Assuming Fields is eligible, there is going to be a high-profile quarterback battle in Columbus this offseason. Fields is going to have to battle with now redshirt sophomore Tate Martell for the starting job. Martell is a former Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school and was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in his class. Also, Martell has had the opportunity to learn from J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, arguably the two best quarterbacks in Ohio State history. Fields was the number one overall recruit in last year’s class and is the highest rated player ever to come to Ohio State. Brand new head coach Ryan Day is going to have to make a decision that will shake up Ohio State football no matter the outcome, as more transfers could spring from it.
- Potential New Look Offense for Ohio State– With Dwayne Haskins, a pro-style quarterback, at the helm for Ohio State this past season, Ohio State’s offense looked foreign from years past. Urban Meyer loves the spread offense and running quarterbacks, as seen with Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, which is why Ohio State looked so different. Now with Ryan Day in charge and Justin Fields potentially becoming the starting quarterback, that difference may become the new norm at Ohio State. Fields can definitely run the football, but his talent truly lies in his arm. Similar to Haskins, Fields has an NFL arm and can really make any throw. Now that Ryan Day has an even firmer grasp on the offense, Ohio State may start to look more like an NFL offense if Fields is the quarterback.