Penn State played host to a bevy of 2018 quarterbacks during its final camp of the summer Sunday. Athletic Georgia three-star prospect Justin Fields was one of two who walked away with an offer.
"The camp went really well,” Fields said. “I got a chance to meet Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Joe) Moorhead. I'm starting to build a relationship with both coaches. They're both great coaches. I believe they will keep improving Penn State football."
Moorhead is Penn State’s new offensive coordinator, and he spent the entire camp working with the QBs. Fields and six other prospects threw for Moorhead at the end of camp.
Fields reports running a 4.57 40 and a 4.18 pro shuttle at the camp. All of the throwing and the strong testing prompted PSU to offer before he left town.
"Both coaches said they liked how I could throw the ball, and also liked my ability to run as I showed when the coaches tested me,” Fields said.
So how did the process of receiving the offer go down?
"I toured the football facility,” Fields said. “It was definitely one of the nicest I've seen. After the tour, my family and I sat down with Coach Moorhead and Coach Franklin in his office. That is when they extended me an offer to Penn State University."
But the coaches did more than just talk football at the time, which was important to Fields.
“Coach Franklin talked about how I'm able to be a doctor or lawyer and still be a great football player,” he said. “That statement really stood out to me during the visit."
Fields plans to visit Tennessee this week. After that, he said he’d like to get back to Penn State as soon as possible. There is still much he’d like to learn about the Lions and Happy Valley.
"I didn't get a chance to see much of the campus,” he reported. “From what I can tell, it's nice."
Just heading into his junior year, Fields is not rushing his recruitment.
"I'm just enjoying the process right now,” he said. “I'll have a top list in early August. … I plan on making my college decision during my upcoming season,” he added.
PSU also offered Illinois quarterback Quincy Patterson following the camp. Read more about him in the story inset.