LSU has yet to secure a quarterback in its 2018 recruiting class, and that void led to travels on Tuesday. Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada returned to Georgia for the second time during the NCAA’s Evaluation Period to visit 5-star Penn State quarterback commit Justin Fields.
Fields is the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect and the No. 20 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Fields, a 6-foot-3, 221-pound passer from Harrison (Ga.) High School, reports more than 40 offers. LSU is one of the schools that has been pressing the 5-star quarterback in recent weeks.
Earlier this spring, Fields told SEC Country that he was 100 percent solid with Penn State, but that the Tigers were making a strong push.
Canada made visits to a handful of quarterbacks since the start of the Evaluation Period. His first stop was in northern Louisiana to see priority 4-star target Justin Rogers. He also made stops in Houston for 2019 4-star quarterback Grant Gunnell and was in Georgia to see 3-star Jarren Williams, who on Monday re-committed to Kentucky.
Rogers is scheduled to announce his commitment to either LSU, TCU or North Carolina on May 31 and is the top uncommitted quarterback on the Tigers board. If Rogers falls elsewhere — presumably, to TCU — it would leave Canada and LSU in the precarious position of trying to force a flip. The leading candidate is the quarterback Canada visited with Tuesday: Fields.
At this time a year ago, LSU held commitments from a pair of 4-star All-American quarterbacks in Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan. However, this cycle brought a lot more leaps and bounds as the new coaching regime is facing difficulty securing a commitment from one quarterback. That could certainly change as the team holds a prospect camp next month and begins to unveil the new-look offense in the fall.