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Nation's No. 1 recruit Justin Fields commits to Georgia over Alabama, Auburn

Nation's No. 1 recruit Justin Fields commits to Georgia over Alabama, Auburn

With the Gators feeling like he was leaning elsewhere, Florida pulled itself out of the running for Fields by accepting a verbal commitment from another quarterback over the summer, and Fields appeared to narrow his choices to the Georgia, FSU, Auburn and LSU.

1 overall prospect for the Class of 2018 in 247 Sports' composite rankings, committed to the Bulldogs on Friday.

Fields made trips to Georgia, Florida State, Louisiana State, Florida, Auburn and Alabama since opening his recruitment back up, but he visited Georgia the most, including the past two homes games against Samford and Mississippi State.

Justin Fields, the nation's top-rated prospect, announced his decision Friday to commit to Georgia.




Fields has been the Bulldogs' top target since he stepped away from his Penn State commitment on June 6.

Smart's first class (2016) was highlighted by three five-star players, including quarterback Jacob Eason, who started as a true freshman but appears to have lost his job to 2017 four-star quarterback Jake Fromm following an injury. He also visited LSU and Alabama in September. Fields is one of several elite prospects eyeing Georgia, and his commitment has the potential to swing the entire 2018 recruiting race. The current group ranks fourth-best in the conference, but top targets such as offensive tackle Jamaree Salyer, offensive guard Trey Hill and running back James Cook still remain on the Bulldogs' radar.

Through the halfway mark of his senior campaign, the 6-foot-3, 221-pound quarterback has 974 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 575 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

"His recruiting and just the players he gets to surround my position the quarterback, the players I get to play with are definitely appealing for that", he said. "His ability to run and throw is simply incredible".


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