Ohio State: Would adding Justin Fields impact Buckeyes commit Jack Miller?

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Have a question about Ohio State recruiting? This is the place for you, five days a week. Submit your questions on Twitter or on the Lettermen Row forums. Check in daily to see what’s on the mind of Buckeyes fans all over the country. Today’s question is once again about Justin Fields and the impact his potential transfer could have on Ohio State 2020 commitment Jack Miller.

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It’s reasonable to wonder what could happen to the current roster of quarterbacks if Justin Fields, the talented potential transfer from Georgia, were to choose Ohio State. Everyone expects Dwayne Haskins to head to the NFL after the Rose Bowl. And when that happens and if Fields heads to Columbus, there is likely to be a pretty intense spring-time battle to win the starting quarterback job for the Buckeyes next season — assuming Fields is eligible to play, which is by no means a sure thing.

If Fields is eligible in 2019 and he’s at Ohio State, I think it’s also reasonable to expect that he’d play only two years in Columbus before he would leave for the NFL. That means he’d be competing for the Buckeyes in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. So, yes, it’s conceivable he’d overlap with Jack Miller, the 2020 quarterback from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School who is committed to Ryan Day’s program. But there’s not any real reason to be concerned that one year together would be enough to concern Miller or jeopardize his verbal to Ohio State.

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Ohio State is pursuing Georgia transfer Justin Fields. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

I actually reached out to Miller and asked him about this topic when the Fields transfer rumors first began to percolate.

“I’m solid,” he quickly said. “I don’t really care too much.”

And he shouldn’t.

The odds of Miller coming into Ohio State and being the starter as a true freshman in 2020 aren’t high, and he knows that. There’s nothing wrong with sitting behind a potential NFL first-round pick and learning how to be a college quarterback for a season before really throwing your hat into the ring to become the starter.

Miller is smart enough to understand that, and I don’t think any change of heart should be expected from him about his commitment.

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