- Jeff Sentell DawgNation
ORLANDO, Fla. — Justin Fields is in Orlando this week taking part in activities for the Under Armour All-American Game.
Where will he be next week? According to Fields, that decision has not yet been made. He is still weighing whether or not to play baseball this spring for Harrison High to show off his wares for pro baseball scouts.
Fields told SEC Country’s Pete Scantlebury on Wednesday he has until Monday to make up his mind about that.
That will be quite the day. He’ll watch his Bulldogs take on Alabama for the national championship.
Will he do that as a young man who will be attending classes there for the winter semester? Or will he spend that spring showing off what he can do on the baseball diamond?
The nation’s No. 2 overall prospect (247Sports Composite) is still weighing his high school future on the baseball diamond in regard to that.
Fields said that his family has collected information from an advisor that a few major league teams consider him to be an early draft pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. The 6-foot-3, 221-pounder told SEC Country that those scouting projections range all the way up to him being a potential first or second-round pick.
“That’s pretty much the factor we are weighing,” he told Scantlebury.
He said he does have all the scouting advice he needs to make the decision.
“I think I pretty much have all the information I have,” Fields said. “It is really just talking to my family about it.”
The 5-star Georgia signee will skip the game portion of the Under Armour All-American festivities this week, but he did take part in the skills competition yesterday. He finished second with 250 points behind Stanford signee Jack West in that event.
That’s a pretty good tell that the broken finger which ended his senior season is coming along quite nicely.
“I felt pretty good,” Fields told Scantlebury on Wednesday morning. “I wasn’t 100 percent but it still felt pretty good to throw and get back out there and compete.”
Fields said he had not planned on competing in that quarterback skills event, but made the choice to give it a try about 45 minutes prior to the competition.
He estimated he was about “75 or 80 percent” throwing the ball yesterday, but his overall competitive nature won out. He said he simply needs to build up strength and overall range-of-motion from the broken finger he suffered which ended his high school season.
“It is really mainly just strength in my wrist, forearm and shoulder,” Fields said.
Fields shares his prediction about the national championship meeting with Alabama in the video below.
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