Quarterback Justin Fields Can Suit Up for the Buckeyes

Ohio State QB Justin Fields granted immediate eligibility waiver to play for Buckeyes

Ohio State QB Justin Fields granted immediate eligibility waiver to play for Buckeyes

While there wasn't a similar NCAA-accounted for scandal at Georgia, former Bulldogs five-star quarterback Justin Fields left Athens and chose Columbus as his future home. "I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin".

Now that he is eligible to play in 2019, the Buckeyes can move ahead with a full-fledged quarterback battle between Fields and Matthew Baldwin. Fields then entered his named in the transfer portal just before early signing day, and officially transferred to Ohio State on January 5.

Fields was the target of a racial slur from a Georgia baseball player during a football game in September, and there was speculation the incident would become part of his appeal for a waiver.

To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome.

Fields said Wednesday that Ohio State's history of producing NFL-ready players under center drew him to the program. "That's the main thing I was looking for". Instead, I will focus all of my attention on getting to work in the classroom and on the field - and doing whatever else I can to help my teammates as we prepare for the 2019 season.

As a true freshman last season, Baldwin was recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in high school. Fields also had four rushing touchdowns. He completed 27-of-39 passes (69.2%) for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

He will join Buckeye quarterbacks Matthew Baldwin and Chris Chugunov as Ohio State looks to replace record-setting quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

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New NCAA transfer guidelines include a provision for undergraduate transfers which states that a player may not have to spend one year-in-residence before taking the field for their new team if "the transfer is due to documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete's control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete". Pryor was also the No. 2 overall prospect and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback.

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