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Details on Justin Fields‘ trip
The nation’s No. 1 dual-threat passer met with two quarterbacks during his visit to Florida this week.
One is experiencing his first month at UF. The other has been a Gator for more than 50 years.
Justin Fields, the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, got a dose of Florida’s past and present on Wednesday. SEC Country has learned of a few details from his two-trip to Gainesville.
Fields arrived on Tuesday evening and hung out with the incoming freshmen and their parents. He ate pizza in the press box with the new players and some staff members, who made it a point to showcase their family atmosphere and what the Gators can offer outside of football.
The 5-star passer ate breakfast the following morning with former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire, who officially became a Gator on Tuesday when he enrolled as a graduate transfer. They spent three days together in early June at the Elite 11 and Fields looked forward to reconnecting with Zaire this week.
Fields also had the opportunity to sit down with Florida ambassador Steve Spurrier, a legendary player (1963-66) and coach (1990-2001) for the Gators. They met in Spurrier’s office and Fields enjoyed talking to the larger-than-life personality, providing a nice touch for the Gators on the trip.
UF coach Jim McElwain, his assistants and his recruiting staffers feel confident about the visit they put together for Fields. He received the red-carpet treatment Tuesday night, spent time with Zaire and Spurrier on Wednesday and left Florida’s campus with a better feel for the program.
Family ties to UGA?
A screenshot made the rounds on message boards and social media Thursday.
It’s allegedly a Facebook post from Fields’ stepmother that encourages Georgia fans to show him love because she wants Justin at UGA. While that’s certainly something of note, the post appears to be from November of 2016 when Fields received an offer from the Bulldogs.
Two weeks later, Fields committed to Penn State on Dec. 1, 2016. So while his stepmother may be pro-UGA, that didn’t prevent him pledging to the Nittany Lions. Fields’ father is a fan of Louisville and Tennessee, while his biological mother is from Pennsylvania and likes Penn State.
Last Sunday, Fields told SEC Country that his family’s preferences or affiliations won’t influence his decision. His younger sister is a 2019 commit for the Georgia softball team.
“I love my sister and everything. We’re great friends. But, it’s not going to help (Georgia) at all,” Fields said. “That’s not going to determine my factors just because she’s going to a certain school. She just wants me to make the best decision for me.”
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