Transfer quarterback Justin Fields is eligible to play immediately for Ohio State in the 2019 season, the NCAA has ruled.

Ohio State made the announcement on Friday.

Fields, a five-star recruit in the Class of 2018, played last season at Georgia but entered the NCAA transfer portal after the regular season. Fields will enter spring camp as the overwhelming favorite to replace starter Dwayne Haskins, who entered the NFL draft.

"I am happy for Justin and his family," Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said in a statement. "I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin."

Haskins also tweeted his approval, writing, "Bucks always on top @justnfields Congrats lil bro, go light it up! #Reload #GoBucks"

A five-star recruit and the No. 2-ranked player in the class behind Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Fields couldn't take the starting job at Georgia from incumbent Jake Fromm. He appeared in 12 games but saw limited action for the Bulldogs, completing 27 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for four scores.

Fields, who is from Kennesaw, Ga., entered his name in the transfer portal shortly after the SEC championship game in December. He did not play in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

He hired attorney Tom Mars, who has had success in helping several players with the transfer cases, to present his eligibility waiver request to the NCAA.

Part of his case was that he was subjected to racially insensitive comments by Georgia baseball player Adam Sasser, who was in the stands during the Bulldogs' game on Sept. 29. Sasser was kicked off the team.

Under a new NCAA rule, players can request immediate eligibility if there are "mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete's control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete."

--Field Level Media

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