BEAVERTON, Ore. — It’s not easy to stand out as a recruit with all the talent at The Opening Finals 2017, but Justin Fields manages to make his mark with every rep.
The nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback lived up to his 5-star billing through the first two days of competition, showing why most recruiting services rank him as top-5 overall recruit.
Of course, his impressive play at the Nike world headquarters comes as no surprise. Powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia all want the 6-foot-3, 221-pound passer who has pinpoint accuracy and can run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds.
Fields visited all five schools in June, including a two-day trip to UF that featured a meeting with Steve Spurrier.
“I had never talked to him before in my life,” Fields said of Spurrier. “He told me that Florida is just a great place. I talked to him for like 10 minutes and he told me why he loves Florida so much. He also told me about the tradition and history they have there.”
Fields was accompanied on the Florida visit by his mother, which was viewed as a positive for the Gators. However, having already checked out UF with multiple family members, this latest trip to Gainesville was more about Fields than his mother.
“She had seen it before,” Fields said, referring to her May 6 visit. “That last one really didn’t matter much. She really just wanted me to get a feel for it.
“I was able to the players much more. She talked to the coaches a little bit and got to see the academics. It really wasn’t for her, though.”
His future trips won’t be either. Fields told SEC Country he will “probably” take five official visits before making his decision, meaning his recruitment likely goes into the fall.
“I’m going to try to take them in the beginning of the season,” Fields said of official visits. “I wish I had a leader. I have to be honest. But I don’t have any idea.”