Move over Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields is the new sheriff in town.
In the latest update of its Class of 2018 recruiting rankings, 247Sports revealed Monday that it has moved the Kennesaw, Ga., quarterback into the top spot.
247Sports’ Barton Simmons explained the decision to move Lawrence, a Clemson commit who had been the consensus No. 1 overall player for his work at Cartersville High (Ga.), off the top spot.
Is it right that Fields, after a camp performance — a camp season — with no pads and no real football snaps, overtake a quarterback in Trevor Lawrence with 10,000 career passing yards, two state championships and one career loss as a starter? Lawrence is 6-foot-6 with a huge arm, all of the physical tools and is the most accomplished active high school quarterback in the country. And now he’s lost the pole position after a camp circuit?
Yes. Here is why.
Fields looked like the best player in the country this spring and summer. He certainly looked like the best quarterback. In fact, it wasn’t close. That’s not a commentary on the other quarterbacks. We actually think this is a strong crop of arms. It’s a commentary on Fields. He’s just that good.
Fields really turned heads during his recent appearance at The Opening in Oregon, where the 5-star QB earned the Elite 11 MVP.
He’s coveted by several SEC programs, including Georgia, Florida and Auburn.