Take two: Is LSU a player for five-star Fields?
Take Two returns with a daily offering tackling a handful of issues in the college football landscape. Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney lays out the situation and then receives takes from Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and a local expert from the Rivals.com network of team sites.
Justin Fields is the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class and the highest-rated uncommitted prospect left on the board.
So it was a huge deal this weekend that the five-star quarterback from Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison decided to take a visit to LSU, a school that had been recruiting Fields for a long while but was not considered a serious contender in months.
And now the Tigers are involved. Could Fields be intrigued by the recruiting attention paid to him by coach Ed Orgeron and especially new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who’s known as one of the best play-callers in the business and someone who is reviving a stale LSU offense?
If Fields was not serious about LSU, then why would the five-star quarterback even have taken a visit to Baton Rouge? Should Florida State and Georgia be seriously concerned about the Tigers now, or is it still really a two-team race to land the best uncommitted quarterback in this class?
FIRST TAKE: MIKE SCARBOROUGH, TIGERBAIT.COM
“The general feeling down here is that he's more open than people think. He decommitted in June and LSU has been in contact as much or more than anyone else. Reportedly, the youth at quarterback is an issue at several schools he's looking at, so then the question is whether Myles Brennan has him viewing LSU the same way or not. I don’t think LSU can go a year without signing a quarterback, as Justin McMillan is likely to transfer and there's no guarantee as to what Lowell Narcisse might do. Fields coming in to visit LSU officially for the first home-game weekend was a big coup for Ed Orgeron and Matt Canada. It sure is going to be interesting. I know LSU got a lot of positive feedback during his visit.” - Scarborough
SECOND TAKE: MIKE FARRELL, RIVALS.COM
“I still think he’ll go to Florida State or Georgia, but it’s interesting to think of him at LSU. Matt Canada has a really great reputation offensively. He’s breathing new life into that offense, and they’ve needed a quarterback for so long, maybe Fields would be attracted to being the guy at LSU rather than making this decision between Georgia and Florida. But I still think it’s going to be one of those two.” - Farrell