Smoke Signals: 2018 QB Justin Fields calls visit ‘great,’ but isn’t ready to name a leader just yet

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A day after leading Harrison (Ga.) High to a 55-14 win on Friday, 2018 quarterback Justin Fields tripped to Tennessee for the Ohio game.

He walked away impressed.

The Volunteers priority quarterback target for the 2018 cycle was treated like a king before and after UT’s 28-19 win, getting a pregame golf cart escort and several sit-downs with head coach Butch Jones and other assistants.

Ultimately, the 6-foot-3, 213-pound prospect called the visit “great.”

Before the visit, Fields told me, ‘I want to see really on how well I fit in. I think that’s really important. How well do you really fit in (to a program)?  To the system? How you get along with the rest of the team and the coaches?”

On Saturday, the 3-star duel-threat quarterback got a firsthand glimpse at the similarities between Tennessee’s spread offense and the one he runs at Harrison.

Fields, who has drawn comparisons to quarterback Josh Dobbs, liked how Tennessee’s offense utilizes a quarterback’s complete skill-set — especially their legs. At Harrison, Fields leads the Hoyas in passing and rushing, totaling over a 100 yards apiece in Friday’s win.

Afterward, his questions — about fit, scheme, vibe, etc. — were “mostly” answered.

Fields visited Penn State and Northwestern on consecutive weekends before tripping to Tennessee, so Saturday was also a good barometer for the quarterback.

He missed the “Vol Walk,” but he enjoyed the rest of the pregame atmosphere and bonded with 2018 commits Cade Mays, a 5-star offensive tackle from Knoxville Catholic, and 4-star wideout Alontae Taylor. The visit marked the third time Fields has been to Tennessee in recent months.

The Volunteers, a finalist along with Penn State, North Carolina and Northwestern, remain well-positioned to land the Georgia native. They’re a nearby SEC program with a rich tradition and a scheme fit, but Fields stopped short of naming Tennessee — or any other school — an outright leader.

“I still haven’t sat down with my parents to map out a clear pros and cons list,” he told me.

“I hope to (make a decision soon), but only if I’m absolutely sure.”

More 2018 offers

Tennessee continues to aggressively target prospects across the country, dishing out a trio of new offers to out of state 2018 recruits in the last week.

* 3-star receiver Jammal Houston

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Louisiana native is teammates at John Ehret with Tennessee’s latest commit — cornerback Terrell Bailey.

The athlete is blazing fast, with a ballooning offer sheet that includes LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Houston’s cousin, De’Jon Harris, plays linebacker at Arkansas, and Houston could play a number of positions in college.

* 4-star Ricky Person

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete is a standout tailback at Heritage (N.C.) High. The Top-150 prospect is ranked as the No. 12 athlete in the nation, holding offers from UNC, South Carolina, Clemson, LSU, Virginia Tech and Louisville, among others.

* 4-star Camren McDonald

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver is from Long Beach, California. His offer sheet includes Arizona, Florida, UCLA, USC, Washington and Colorado.

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