Ed Orgeron and Matt Canada have been pushing for it for awhile, and today they got their wish. Justin Fields, the number one quarterback in the Class of 2018, will take an official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend.
Fields, who is from Kennesaw, Georgia, is classified as a “dual threat quarterback”, standing 6-2, 221 pounds and is also the No. 1 overall player in the country per the 247 Sports Composite rankings. He is the highest rated high school quarterback prospect since Vince Young in 2002, and drawn lofty comparisons to former national title and NFL MVP winning QB Cam Newton. He dominated at the Nike The Opening event out in Oregon, showing both tremendous accuracy and athleticism as a QB. Fields was at one point committed to Penn State, but has since decommitted and now has a short list that seems to consist of Florida State, Auburn, and home school Georgia.
To say this would be a big deal for Orgeron and his staff would be an understatement. He was hired in large part due to his recruiting prowess, and not just to continue the success Les Miles had in that area, but to make LSU an even bigger destination attraction. And of course, to try and land the big time QB recruits LSU has not been landing. It’s been a long time since LSU was in the mix for a QB of Fields’ caliber and reputation out of high school and Orgeron promised to change that. Whether he’ll be able to land Fields and get him to sign his National Letter of Intent on signing day is another story.
It’s still thought FSU is the leader in the clubhouse and Georgia of course has the dynamic of being in his some state. But LSU has a shot and one that can only be enhanced by this visit, which will take place from Friday to Sunday and will include him taking in the home opener for the Tigers tomorrow night against Chattanooga. The upside to both UGA and FSU’s injuries at quarterback, is that they will now be starting freshmen themselves — meaning that their depth charts at the position for 2018 are that much cloudier, once Jacob Eason and DeAndre Francois are respectively healthy.
Time will tell what ends up happening in Fields’ recruitment, but LSU was planted itself firmly in the mix for the premier recruit in this class.