Ohio State has been scrambling to find a new quarterback following the departure of Dwayne Haskins who has announced he is entering the NFL Draft. He could end up being one of the top-ranked recruits to ever play for the Buckeyes. The NCAA just approved a waiver that allows transfer quarterback Justin Fields to play this coming season. Fields played his freshman year at Georgia in 2018 before transferring to the Buckeyes in January following their bowl game appearance.

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day offered his appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in this request and resolving it quickly and with a positive outcome for Justin Fields.

Day said he was happy for Justin and his family. Fields has become the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2018. Fields is expected to have to fight for the top spot on the roster for the Buckeyes, following Haskins' exit and Tate Martell's transfer to Miami.

Justin Fields is giving Ohio State a boost by being top-ranked high school player

Fields became the top-ranked high school player to ever play for Ohio State. Fields released a statement thanking the NCAA for the waiver, allowing him to play this fall. He thanked those who supported him and his family during this timely process. He said that he felt like it was inappropriate to speak out publicly about the situation surrounding his transfer, which led to people beginning to speculate and start rumors.

Fields said he enjoyed his time at Georgia and still has friends and family at that school. Fields also said he will always be a Georgia Bulldogs' fan.

Yahoo Sports has said that the incident that led to his transfer request happened in 2018 when a Georgia baseball player made a racial slur that suggested head coach Kirby Smart put Fields into the game instead of starter Jake Fromm.

Georgia eventually dismissed the player from the program. Fields ended up not getting much playing time during last season, the same season in which Georgia won the SEC East and was minutes away from beating Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and nearly ended up winning a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Fields looking to get more playing time at Ohio State

Fields ended up playing in 12 games, but only throwing for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He earned SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance against UMass last November. He ended up rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown against them. NCAA's decision to grant the waiver keeps Ohio State in contention to become even greater than Alabama and Clemson in the long run. Coach Day will now be able to build a Buckeyes offense around Fields and the skills he brings to the offense.

NCAA has set forth new transfer guidelines that include a provision for undergraduates that do not have to spend one year-in-residence before taking the field, if the transfer is due to mitigating circumstances outside the control of the athlete, and directly impacts the health and safety of the athlete.