Late Tuesday night, five-star QB Justin Fields announced that he de-committed from Penn State and reopened his recruitment. As soon as Fields de-committed, Gator Nation blew up as Florida fans saw the possibility of the #1 dual-threat QB in the country going to Florida. On the 247 Sports Crystal Ball, the Gators have a 50% chance of landing Justin Fields. Right behind the Gators are Auburn and Penn State. The Auburn Tigers are Florida’s biggest threat in stealing the five-star QB. This is the biggest and highest rated recruit Coach McElwain has recruited this hard. Can Mac land Fields?
Ever since Coach Jim McElwain arrived at the University of Florida, he has been criticized about his recruiting. Florida fans have been asking for more even though he has landed star players like Martez Ivey, Cece Jefferson, Antonio Callaway, Jordan Scarlett and many others. Ivey and Cece were five-star recruits but they weren’t as highly touted as Justin Fields. Justin Fields is truly one of a kind. He’s potentially a program-changer that can start in just about any school in the country as a freshman. Fields is a special talent that you see maybe every ten years.
Just how great Justin Fields is? Well, he is 6’3 and weighs 220 pounds which is a good frame for a QB. Justin Fields has a cannon for an arm but he can also run very well. He has been clocked running a 4.51 in the 40 yard dash. With speed like that you would think he likes to run the ball rather than airing it out. That’s not the case for Fields. He likes staying in the pocket and pick apart defenses. He uses his legs trying to avoid sacks or when nothing is open. Justin Fields has the Cam Newton type of frame. He comes across as a great leader, he has fun when he plays. He does have his weaknesses like he needs to work on his accuracy and technique. Fields has some work but he has the makeup of being a superstar in the future.
Silence the Critiques
Jim McElwain has been ridiculed that he can’t recruit or get the big name guys even though he finished inside the top 10 in the 2017 class and has signed three five-stars in his three years at Florida. Signing Justin Fields will not only silence his critiques but more top rated recruits will commit to Florida. There’s no doubt that the kid is something special and he will have some recruits follow him. Wherever Justin Fields signs, you will see a domino effect of top rated recruits follow him. If Coach McElwain does land Justin Fields, the Florida offense will start to look like Steve Spurrier’s “Fun and Gun” offense. There’s no doubt that Fields is interested in the Gators but the Florida coaching staff must continue to get him on campus and keep him away from the competition.