Justin Fields (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

Penn State commitment and four-star quarterback Justin Fields recaps MVP performance, Elite 11 invite

DAVENPORT, Fla. -- It was a clean sweep at The Opening Orlando for Penn State quarterback commitment Justin Fields, who picked up quarterback MVP and an invitation to the Elite 11 competition in the process.

A handful of blue-chips quarterbacks participated at The Opening Orlando Sunday, but the top performer at the position traveled from out of state to steal the show. 

Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison passer and Scout four-star Justin Fields picked up quarterback MVP honors in addition to landing an invitation to the Elite 11 finals in June.

"It wasn't just me, it was God," he said following the event. "Of course I worked hard at it, put in the work, and it shows that it pays off. I'm just thanking God right now, he's blessed me with a lot of things.

"At first, you kind of get nervous, but after a few throws you get into your zone and you start having fun. That's where I feel like I started doing well. I was nervous, then started having fun and then I was going well."

Like with most quarterbacks, earning the opportunity to compete among the nation's top quarterbacks this summer wasn't a small deal to Fields.

"I've been watching the Elite 11 show for four years so it's definitely a dream come true and I can't wait to compete," he said.


Committing to Penn State on December 1, Fields made the call despite holding well over two dozen additional scholarship offers. Many of those programs, and perhaps more, remain in steady contact with the top 10 quarterback talent.

"There's a lot of schools knocking on the door but I'd rather not say because they don't want me to mess up the other recruits and what they're trying to get," he said. "My pledge is solid, but if anything crazy happens I'll always have other options. 

"My dad says never burn bridges, you never know what can happen at Penn State. But I'm 100 percent committed right now. Academics, the way I fit into the offense, Coach (Joe) Moorhead runs a great offense up there and I feel I fit in well."

Fields says visits to Happy Valley, or even elsewhere for that matter, will be tough to schedule because of his dual-sport schedule this spring.

"The last time I went up (to Penn State) was the Iowa game, and I play baseball now so I don't know when the next time I will be able to get up there," he said. 

Scout's Take

The blue-chip Penn State commitment spun the ball with power and consistency on this day. He anticipated breaks well and knew when to take something off of the ball when necessary. Fields threw well on the move in drills and saw the same success in the one-on-one portion and seven-on-seven portion of the camp. He had perhaps the best showcase run of the five quarterbacks selected, completing more passes than not en route to not only the MVP award, but also a coveted invitation to the Elite 11 Finals in the process. He is just the second arm to earn the honor through two The Opening regional camps. Fields turned heads early in the day with a 4.51 40-yard dash at just over 220 pounds, too.

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