A Look Back at Justin Fields' Dominant Performance at Nike's 2017 The Opening Finals

By Kevin Harrish on June 28, 2019 at 2:05 pm
Justin Fields blew the competition away at The Opening.
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The Opening finals kick off this weekend, providing a chance for the nation's top high school prospects to showcase their talent against the nation's best.

As always, there will be a strong contingent of future Buckeyes in attendance. Four-star Jack Miller, five-star receiver Julian Fleming, four-star receiver Gee Scott Jr., four-star safety Lejond Cavazos and four-star cornerback Clark Phillips will all be in attendance along with even more Ohio State targets.

Throughout the years, there have been quite a few future Buckeyes making noise at the annual camp, but the best performance yet has gone largely unappreciated by Ohio State fans – mostly because he wasn't initially heading to Columbus.

Justin Fields lit it up at The Opening in the summer of 2017, out-dueling all the other 11 quarterbacks – including current Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence – to earn the camp's MVP honors.

According to CBS Sports' Barton Simmons, Fields completed 70 percent of his throws at the camp, throwing 16 touchdowns with no interceptions – all camp bests. Simmons ranked Fields' performance as the best in the history of the camp.

Fields led his 7-on-7 team to the camp championship by leading his team to touchdowns on 70 percent of his drives.

"It was the best camp performance I’ve ever seen by a high school quarterback," Simmons said. "We might never see a showing like that again.”

Obviously, Fields signed ultimately with Georgia where he played sparingly as a true freshman before transferring to Ohio State and winning a petition for immediate eligibility to become the presumed starter for the Buckeyes this season.

Since his transfer, Ohio State fans have seen Fields in live action just once during the team's spring game in April where he went a lackluster 4-for-13 for 131 yards through the air.

That performance combined with his success running the ball at Georgia and in high school has some Buckeye fans skeptical of his passing ability. But the arm talent is there. He proved that against the nation's top high school talent in the summer of 2017, and he'll be looking to prove himself again in the Horseshoe this season.

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