Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields turned heads in college football with his decision to transfer from the University of Georgia. After leading Ohio State University to the National Championship Game against Alabama, he’s proved his leadership ability on the biggest stage in the sport; which is part of the reason why the versatile quarterback is a top prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Fields’ family has played a strong role in shaping his football career, and he isn’t the only athlete of the bunch, either. His sister plays college softball at Georgia.
Justin Fields’ Family and Early Life
His father was a star linebacker at Eastern Kentucky University before becoming a police officer in Atlanta. He has since re-married to Fields’ stepmother, Jo Ann Claudrick Fields.
According to reports from DawgNation, Justin Fields’ mother Gina Tobey played an influential role in her son committing to play for the Georgia Bulldogs, having been thoroughly impressed with the program.
Fields attended Harrison High School where he became nationally recognized as one of the top football players in the country. He earned All-State honors in Georgia and was rated as highly as the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation by ESPN, while others ranked him second behind only Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Justin Fields was recruited by many top schools in the nation and even committed to Penn State in 2017 before flipping to Georgia.
Fields spent one year playing for the Georgia football program but was stuck behind Jake Fromm on the depth chart. After his freshman football season, he decided to transfer to Ohio State in Columbus.
As a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Fields immediately took the Big Ten by storm.
In 2019, Fields threw for 41 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions and was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. He also impressed as a rusher, logging 10 rushing touchdowns and 484 yards under head coach Ryan Day.
While OSU saw a limited schedule in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fields still managed to throw 21 touchdowns across seven games and lead the team past Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal, setting himself up for an NCAA National Championship appearance that resulted in a 52-24 loss to the Crimson Tide.
He’s had the full support of his family during his career as a college football player, and they will undoubtedly be his biggest fans in the pros.