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Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer 48d

No. 1 recruit Justin Fields commits to Georgia

College Football, Football Recruiting, Georgia Bulldogs

Quarterback Justin Fields, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, is staying home.

Fields, a 6-foot-3, 221-pound dual-threat from Kennesaw, Georgia, committed to the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday morning at a school pep rally, ending a recruitment that had been trending in that direction since August.

He selected Georgia over Florida State, Auburn, LSU and Alabama after making a number of visits to various programs since June, with the Seminoles having been the top competition throughout the summer.

The one-time Penn State commit made trips to Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Florida, Auburn and Alabama after decommitting from the Nittany Lions on June 6. Fields had been on campus at Georgia a handful of times since then, including at the Bulldogs' blowout wins over Samford and Mississippi State in September.

Fields becomes the first No. 1 overall prospect to pick Georgia in the 13 years that ESPN has ranked prospects. Fields, an Under Armour All-America Game selection, joins Matthew Stafford (Class of 2006) as quarterbacks ranked in the top five overall to pick Georgia.

Fields' commitment marks the third time in four years that Georgia has landed the state's top-ranked prospect, joining defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (2015) and DeAngelo Gibbs (2017).

After signing 13 of the top 24 prospects from inside the state in February, the Bulldogs have gotten off to a slower start this recruiting season, with Fields being just the second ranked verbal for Georgia from in-state prospects. Coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs' staff, however, say they expect a strong finish to the class.

Fields becomes the 15th overall commitment for the Bulldogs. Smart and his staff are now positioned to make a run at signing back-to-back top-five classes with more than 10 ESPN 300 targets still in play, including No. 5 K.J. Henry, No. 27 Deontrey Hill, No. 28 Jamaree Salyer, No. 43 Tyreke Johnson, No. 57 James Cook and No. 58 Adam Anderson.

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