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A day after leading Harrison (Ga.) High to a 55-14 win on Friday, 2018 quarterback Justin Fields tripped to Tennessee for the Ohio game.
He walked away impressed.
The Volunteers priority quarterback target for the 2018 cycle was treated like a king before and after UT’s 28-19 win, getting a pregame golf cart escort and several sit-downs with head coach Butch Jones and other assistants.
Ultimately, the 6-foot-3, 213-pound prospect called the visit “great.”
Before the visit, Fields told me, ‘I want to see really on how well I fit in. I think that’s really important. How well do you really fit in (to a program)? To the system? How you get along with the rest of the team and the coaches?”
On Saturday, the 3-star duel-threat quarterback got a firsthand glimpse at the similarities between Tennessee’s spread offense and the one he runs at Harrison.
Fields, who has drawn comparisons to quarterback Josh Dobbs, liked how Tennessee’s offense utilizes a quarterback’s complete skill-set — especially their legs. At Harrison, Fields leads the Hoyas in passing and rushing, totaling over a 100 yards apiece in Friday’s win.
Afterward, his questions — about fit, scheme, vibe, etc. — were “mostly” answered.
Fields visited Penn State and Northwestern on consecutive weekends before tripping to Tennessee, so Saturday was also a good barometer for the quarterback.
He missed the “Vol Walk,” but he enjoyed the rest of the pregame atmosphere and bonded with 2018 commits Cade Mays, a 5-star offensive tackle from Knoxville Catholic, and 4-star wideout Alontae Taylor. The visit marked the third time Fields has been to Tennessee in recent months.
The Volunteers, a finalist along with Penn State, North Carolina and Northwestern, remain well-positioned to land the Georgia native. They’re a nearby SEC program with a rich tradition and a scheme fit, but Fields stopped short of naming Tennessee — or any other school — an outright leader.
“I still haven’t sat down with my parents to map out a clear pros and cons list,” he told me.
“I hope to (make a decision soon), but only if I’m absolutely sure.”
More 2018 offers
Tennessee continues to aggressively target prospects across the country, dishing out a trio of new offers to out of state 2018 recruits in the last week.
* 3-star receiver Jammal Houston
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Louisiana native is teammates at John Ehret with Tennessee’s latest commit — cornerback Terrell Bailey.
The athlete is blazing fast, with a ballooning offer sheet that includes LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
Houston’s cousin, De’Jon Harris, plays linebacker at Arkansas, and Houston could play a number of positions in college.
— Jammal Houston (@_jHoustonnn) September 15, 2016
* 4-star Ricky Person
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete is a standout tailback at Heritage (N.C.) High. The Top-150 prospect is ranked as the No. 12 athlete in the nation, holding offers from UNC, South Carolina, Clemson, LSU, Virginia Tech and Louisville, among others.
Blessed to receive my 10th offer from The University Of Tennessee pic.twitter.com/w5hu8ePnpw
— The kidd (@Mr_Elite04) September 14, 2016
* 4-star Camren McDonald
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver is from Long Beach, California. His offer sheet includes Arizona, Florida, UCLA, USC, Washington and Colorado.
— CAMM ? (@CaamMcd) September 14, 2016