COLUMBUS — Quarterback Justin Fields confirmed Friday night he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as Georgia’s backup.
Fields’ much-anticipated announcement gives new Ohio State coach Ryan Day a sublimely talented dual-threat passer to run his offense if Dwayne Haskins Jr. makes an expected jump to the NFL.
Fields decided to transfer from Georgia after he was unable to beat out starter Jake Fromm. Fields announced the transfer after he was expected to visit the Ohio State campus earlier Friday.
The Kennesaw, Georgia-native deepens Ohio State at quarterback and sets up an intriguing competition with Tate Martell.
NCAA rules would require Fields to sit out next season if he transfers, though he could request a waiver to become immediately eligible. Fields was the target of a racial slur from a Georgia baseball player during a football game in September.
Jordan entering draft
COLUMBUS — Ohio State will lose experience and leadership on the offensive line with center Michael Jordan’s decision to leave early for the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman announced he would forgo his senior season in a tweet, saying that “in my heart, I know I am ready for the NFL, largely because I have been coached by the very best.”
OU hires OSU assistant
Oklahoma has hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator.