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Vols history, tradition excite QB Justin Fields

Prospects that get offers from the likes of Tennessee sometimes just throw them into a stack. Others, like Justin Fields, get truly excited about the opportunity to one day play on Rocky Top.

Justin Fields possesses a skill set that fits Tennessee’s offense to a…T.

The quarterback runs the show for Harrison (Ga.) High School, which is the same program that produced South Carolina’s Lorenzo Nuñez. Fields doesn’t hesitate in expressing interest in playing his college ball on Rocky Top.

“I don't know or think that there's a quarterback in high school that wouldn't if recruited by the Vols,” Fields told InsideTennessee. “Tennessee has great history, great tradition, tremendous fans, they play in arguably the best conference in football.”

The scholarship offer from the Tennessee staff came on July 27.

“I was excited, humbled and grateful all at the same time,” the Scout three-star prospect said.

Fields caught the eye of Tennessee passing game coordinator Zach Azzanni first.

“Coach Azzanni is my area recruiter; he’s who ‘discovered’ me, according to my high school coach,” Fields said. “When he came to my high school coach Z said he couldn't believe I wasn't on their board. That made me feel good because I had been to a Tennessee game last fall. I've spoken with coach (Mike) Debord. He has a great football mind. I talk to (Tennessee quality control) coach (Nick) Sheridan at camp the most. He hung out with me a lot and is real cool. Coach (Butch) Jones gave me the offer. We have a lot in common, our dads are cops. So, our Pops were rough on us. He says it'll do me good in the long run.”

Fields hesitated in describing what he brings to the table as a signal-caller but did what he could.

“It’s hard answering questions like this,” he said. “It makes me appear cocky. I don't want to appear cocky. I believe I have a strong, accurate arm. I am an above-average athlete. I can make plays with my legs and arm. I believe I'm smart on the field and make good decisions and I've always prided myself on being a good student in the classroom as well. I think I also bring to the table the kind of character that any football program would be proud of.”

In the first game of his junior season, Fields led Harrison to a 45-14 win over East Paulding, completing 9 of 12 passes for 219 yards with four touchdowns. He also ran for 67 yards and another TD.

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