4-Star Penn State Commit Justin Fields Gives Florida Gators High Praise After Offer

    Four-star quarterback and Penn State commit Justin Fields spoke with Campus Insiders regarding his recent offer from Florida, and he gave the Gators coaches some high praise.

    February 22, 2017

    Four-star quarterback and Penn State commit Justin Fields spoke with Campus Insiders regarding his recent offer from Florida, and he gave the Gators coaches some high praise. 


    The Florida Gators’ quarterback situation cannot be hidden. Their troubles have been well documented.

    However, Jim McElwain is hoping he can get things turned around with either Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask in 2017. Florida also added Jake Allen in its 2017 recruiting class, but the Gators need to add another arm or two in their 2018 haul in order to sustain the position for the next few years.

    A few names have surfaced as being targets for McElwain’s staff: Artur Sitkowski, Emory Jones, Joe Milton, etc. But with Jones committed to Ohio State and Sitkowski receiving attention from Florida State and Miami, expect Florida to heat up its pursuit of another young quarterback.

    Justin Fields, a Kennesaw, Georgia native, has been committed to Penn State since Dec. 1. He’s received scholarship offers from Alabama, Oregon and Texas since the new year began, but he landed an offer from McElwain’s staff on Tuesday and was taken back by it.

    The country’s No. 6-ranked quarterback and No. 57 overall player spoke with Campus Insiders to discuss his recruitment.

    “I’m just blown away by the process,” Fields said. “It’s a blessing.”

    The offer from the Gators stands out, and it’s because of the sudden success they’ve seen since McElwain took the reins of the program.

    “The coaches are doing great things at Florida. Two SEC championship games in a row. The Florida coaches have a lot of experience, and I’m sure they would be great assets to any quarterback coming out of high school.”

    Now that the offer is on the table, it’s rational for Fields to think about a potential future in Gainesville. He believes McElwain and Nussmeier could help him develop as a passer. However, to credit his own game, Fields believes he could succeed anywhere — as only a true winner would.

    “I’m not trying to sound cocky, but my high school offense is really diverse. I think I can fit into any offense well. I would fit in UF’s offense good, as many others. The only offense I didn’t want to play in was one that didn’t pass a lot, like a triple option.”

    That being said, Fields remains solid to the Nittany Lions and is planning on a future that leads through Happy Valley. So, a potential flip to Florida or anywhere else does not appear likely at this time.

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