Justin Fields is no dummy.
The Scout three-star quarterback from the 2018 class nearly has a 4.0 grade point average. He’s like most other quarterbacks in that he wants to see the offense that he’s considering joining. He visited Knoxville on Saturday and saw second-year Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord’s bunch total 28 points and 404 yards.
“I felt like the offense is pretty similar to my high school offense,” Fields told InsideTennessee. “So I feel like I would fit in good with this offense.”
Tennessee’s staff continues to sift through the Peach State’s junior quarterbacks. Offers have gone to Kennesaw’s Fields as well as Heard County’s Emory Jones and Cartersville’s Trevor Lawrence. The best fit for what Tennessee does may be Fields. He spoke with DeBord, coach Butch Jones and quality control assistant Nick Sheridan after the 28-19 victory over Ohio.
“I just talked to all of them,” said Fields, which means he’s a prospect of importance if multiple staff members are on him. “They asked me how I thought the game went.”
In the win, Tennessee senior quarterback Joshua Dobbs was 19-of-27 passing for 203 yards with two touchdowns and ran the football 14 time for a net of 59 yards with another TD. Dobbs passed Jimmy Streater (1,374 yards) earlier this season to become the top rushing quarterback in the 120-year history of the program and enters the Florida game with a net of 1,490 yards on the ground.
“I think we’re similar in what we can do with the ball, the way he runs and passes,” Fields said of Dobbs. “I feel like we’re kind of the same person so to speak.”
Between the forging relationships and the natural fit, Tennessee continues to trend up with the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder.
“They’re definitely towards the top,” Fields said.
The right-handed field general was part of a crowd of 101,362 that saw Tennessee get to 3-0 on the 2016 season and win its ninth straight.
“I felt like it was a great atmosphere, especially being a non-conference game,” Fields said. “Not really a big team, but it was a great atmosphere.”
It wasn’t the Harrison (Ga.) High School signal-caller’s first Neyland Stadium gameday after having been in attendance to see Tennessee defeat South Carolina 27-24 last November.
“The South Carolina game, the atmosphere was of course bigger, but it was an SEC game,” he said.
Visits to Northwestern and Penn State took place previously this summer.
“I was going to go to North Carolina next week, but I’m not going anymore,” Fields said. “As of now I don’t have any other trips planned.”
The junior has mentioned the marquee matchups coming to Knoxville in the weeks ahead, but it is uncertain if he will be in attendance.
“I haven’t planned a trip back up here, yet, but I definitely want to get up there soon,” Fields said.