When most high school kids sit down to decide on which college they will attend, there are of course several factors that come into play.
Will the school offer their major in an accredited program?
Do they like the campus?
How will they pay for it?
Justin Fields had to figure all of that out and more when he committed to the University of Georgia earlier this month.
Fields is the No. 1 football prospect in the 2018 class, which made him extremely sought-after by just about every major program in the country.
Kirby Smart and the Dawgs were able to recruit the Kennesaw, GA 85 miles from home.
MLB scouts hoped the quarterback would trade Sanford Stadium for Foley Field.
The high school senior has decided he’s sticking to football, but baseball pundits wish he would reconsider and become a dual-sport star like Jameis Winston (Florida State) or Russell Wilson (NC State/Wisconsin).
The funny thing is, Baseball America expert Carlos Collazo didn’t even know that Fields was a five-star QB when he watched him play shortstop this summer.
“I actually didn’t know much about him on the football field,” Collazo said earlier this month. “I looked him up and I was like, ‘Whoa, this guy is pretty legit.’”
“Pretty legit” is an understatement.
Along with being the No. 1 football prospect in the nation, he competed in the prestigious Perfect Game showcase in Fort Myers, FL over the summer.
Unfortunately for MLB scouts that may be all they see from him for a while.
“My dad really wants me to do it so bad. But I am kind of distant from baseball,” Fields said in September. “My love for the game is all in football. But I guess my dad is talking about not closing any doors, because I’m pretty good at baseball. … I realize how hard it is to be fighting for a job. You can’t go play baseball. You have to be all in with football until you have the job secured.”
It seems as if Fields isn’t closing the door just yet and added he could eventually play for Scott Stricklin at UGA.
Fields added he could join the Dawgs’ baseball squad “my second or third year, just to kind of keep my skill set up.”