Five-star QB Justin Fields (Kennesaw, GA), who had been pledged to the Penn State Nittany Lions since December 1, 2016, decommitted from the program on Tuesday night. Parkway QB Justin Rogers, a TCU commit and LSU target, also advanced to The Opening.
Fields released a statement via Twitter announcing the decision and said it was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make. The top dual-threat quarterback in the class chose to pull his commitment to the Nittany Lions and open up his recruiting.
I'll talk on the show about what Georgia needs to do to take advantage of this opportunity and beat out Florida, Florida State, Auburn and others for Fields' services. Florida appears to be the new favorite to land him.
Penn State and James Franklin had been working on a top-five recruiting class for 2018, but a key component has just come off the board.
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Fields is the second five-star player to decommit from Penn State's 2018 class: defensive end Micah Parsons of Harrisburg did so earlier this year.
Fields could have wound up at Penn State and never played for Moorhead. Penn State's home game against Pitt will kick on September 9 at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, while the Homecoming game against Rutgers will kick at noon on November 11.
Along with Penn State, Fields has offers from numerous major programs from across the nation.
According to ESPN, Georgia's in the mix because it's the school in his home state, but it's a long shot due to their already crowded quarterback position.