In college football recruiting, which is now a complete madhouse in December, there are some general rules of thumb for fans outside of the program. Lobbying for a prospect to play at your favorite school on social media is one you shouldn’t do, and apparently one former ESPN college football analyst forgot about that on the first day of the Early Signing Period.
First and foremost, Georgia Bulldogs freshman quarterback Justin Fields hasn’t announced he is transferring. It might be inevitable since he’s officially in the NCAA transfer portal, but nothing has been finalized. That didn’t stop Mark May from sending out a tweet for the former five-star signal caller to play for his alma mater, the Pittsburgh Panthers, and setting the stage for his NFL career.
In summary: Mark May, yes THAT Mark May, wants true freshman Justin Fields to leave the SEC, become the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Panthers, and then get drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and take the reins from Ben Roethlisberger in a couple of years.
Seems legit, but also kind of strange for a former ESPN analyst with over 90,000 Twitter followers to do the one thing many people know not to do.
It’s also kind of strange to think Pitt has any sort of chance landing the 6-foot-3 dual threat quarterback and Kennesaw, Georgia native. Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, Florida State, and Oklahoma have all surfaced as potential spots, and all of them are better than Pitt. At least May didn’t do the disservice of tagging Fields in the tweet.
During his first season in Athens, Fields has completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing 42 times for 266 yards and four more scores. He spent the majority of the season, including the SEC Championship game against Alabama, behind sophomore Jake Fromm, and the limited playing time has prompted a potential exit from head coach Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs program.
Whether the social media post was meant to be funny or serious, May, who was with ESPN for 16 years before leaving in 2017, should know better, yet no one can really blame him.
May, who was a unanimous All-American in 1980 for Pitt, two-time Super Bowl champion, and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, just wants his alma mater to be really good again. Not to mention, Fields would likely earn the starting job immediately.
This is all just pretty weird, and the random social media posts by May only adds to the dramatics.