And here could be anywhere.
And here could be Oklahoma where the last two quarterbacks have won Heisman trophies.
For his part, Fields has remained silent—publicly—about the USA Today report. However, following the Southeastern Conference title game he told DawgNation.com he was quite happy in Athens, Ga.
When he was asked if he’ll stick around for his sophomore season, he answered, “Yes, sir. I love this team. That’s the plan.”
And Fields’ stepmom? She taking the loose-lips-sink-ships approach, according to DawgNation.com.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss anything,” Jo Ann Claudrick Fields said. “We’re not confirming or denying anything. We haven’t made a decision.”
They’ll have to say something soon because Fields would quickly become the most-sought after transfer of 2019 because he’s that good.
The comparisons between and OU quarterback Kyler Murray have been hard to ignore. Not just because Fields was the top dual-threat quarterbacks of his class but because he has tremendous ability as a baseball player too.
In fact, Fields has been compared to a larger Russell Wilson. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds he has elite size to go along with generational talent.
In what many believed to be an incredible 2018 recruiting class, Fields was not just a top-ranked recruit but perhaps the class’ best athlete. He was an Elite 11 MVP as well as an Under Armour All-American.
As a true freshman at UGA, he’s thrown for 328 yards on 27 of 39 pass attempts and rushed for 266 yards on 42 attempts, with eight total touchdowns, in 12 games.
While UGA coach Kirby Smart tried to find ways to get him on the field, it always felt like either quarterback Jake Fromm or Fields would transfer because both are worthy starters. After all, Fromm ranks inside the top 10 among FBS quarterbacks in yards per attempt this season and has led the Bulldogs to a Sugar Bowl berth against Texas.
“I’m a competitor,” Fields told DawgNation following the 2018 SEC Championship. “Everyone wishes they had more playing time, but it is what is. Coach Smart is my coach and I trust him and I think he knows what’s best.”
When he committed to Georgia, it was after he’d initially committed to Penn State in 2016. Other notable suitors included USC, Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.
Oklahoma wasn’t considered then, but perhaps the Sooners might be a landing spot for a quarterback with many of the same traits as the reigning Heisman winner and an offense that continues to be at the forefront of offensive innovation?
It’s a fun thought. But it’s complicated.
With Oklahoma surely headed toward a second straight quarterback competition in 2019, the situation only looks more complicated than it is if you’re into wishful thinking.
While rumors have swirled around quarterbacks that haven’t even publicly announced they are transferring—Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and Fields—Sooner fans are already licking their chops at the thought.
But why, though?
True freshman quarterback Tanner Mordecai showed that he can spin it earlier this season. The reigning Elite 11 MVP and top 2019 quarterback recruit in the country—Spencer Rattler—is set to sign with OU in days, but the leader for the job in 2019 is Austin Kendall.
Kendall has spent more time in Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley’s offense than any quarterback who could be eligible to play for OU in 2019. It’s clear that he has an edge in knowing the playbook if not chemistry in and out of the Sooner locker room.
And, if as USA Today reported, Fields would look to appeal to the NCAA to play right away, he’s not likely to look at a situation where he won’t be eligible until 2020. But he might not have a choice either.
Still, anything is possible—like a kid who was thought to have flamed out at Texas A&M only to be drafted in the top 10 of the Major League Baseball Draft and win the Heisman Trophy in the same year.
Is that how things end for Fields? We’ll all just have to wait and see.