COLUMBUS, Ohio – The transfer waiver application seeking immediate eligibility for student-athlete Justin Fields that The Ohio State University submitted to the NCAA has been approved. Fields will be eligible to compete in the 2019-20 academic year.
“I am happy for Justin and his family,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. “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.”
Fields, a quarterback from Kennesaw, Ga. and Harrison High School, is currently a sophomore and enrolled in classes at Ohio State. He will be a sophomore in eligibility this fall for the Buckeyes after playing in 12 games last season for Georgia.
Statement from Justin Fields
I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty. I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall. I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process. While my case was pending before the NCAA, my family and I did not feel that it was appropriate to publicly speak about the circumstances leading to my transfer. In my silence, people began to speculate, and the story took on a life of its own.
Now that this matter is concluded, I would like to clarify some facts. I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.
To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome. I will work hard to represent you and The Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner. My dad always tells me that “you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’” I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life.
I will not be speaking about my transfer again. 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.
More on Justin: Transferred to Ohio State and joined the football program in January of 2019 … played in 12 of 14 games as a true freshman for Georgia in 2018 and was named to the Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team … completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four TDs … also had four rushing touchdowns … was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 19 after passing for 121 yards, rushing for 100 and accounting for three touchdowns in a 66-27 win over UMass … a five-star prospect by every major scouting service from Harrison High School under head coach Matt Dickmann … rated as the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2018 … the nation’s top-ranked dual threat QB prospect … awarded MVP of the 2017 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition … totaled 4,187 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 2,096 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in two years as a starter for Harrison … awarded Mr. Georgia Football by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta … named the 2017 Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Associated Press, in addition to being named First-Team All-State by both publications … also played shortstop and second base for the Harrison varsity baseball team and was a highly-touted baseball prospect with MLB draft potential.