There were rumblings it might happen last week following the conclusion of The Opening Finals at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
On Monday it became a reality.
Harrison High School (Kennesaw, GA) dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields has slipped passed Cartersville High School (Cartersville, GA) pro-style quarterback Trevor Lawrence for the new No. 1 player ranking by 247Sports in the class of 2018.
247Sports writer Barton Simmons reports that performances at The Opening Finals and the national 7on7 circuit were the largest factors in the rankings shakeup, but the debate over the final No. 1 is ongoing.
Lawrence, with 10,000 career passing yards and back-to-back Georgia Class 4A state titles has been the No. 1 player in the Class of 2018 since the rankings for his class were first released. The 6-6, 200-pound rising senior and Clemson commit has proven himself time and time again on the field not only at showcases but in pads on game nights.
Fields arguably made his rapid rise to the top in camps this spring and summer. He has repeated multiple outstanding performances against elite competition and his 4.51, 40-yard dash speed has not even been a factor in showcases. His Harrison Hoyas team started fast last season, but stumbled when he missed the final three regular season games with an injury.
Part of the intrigue with Fields may come from his current status of availability. He originally committed to Penn State, but has now retracted his commitment and has Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State as his top suitors. 247Sports lists him with 40 total offers.
A third player receiving notoriety as a challenger for the top player in the Class of 2018 is another Clemson commit, defensive end Xavier Thomas. The strong-side defensive end from Bradenton, Florida’s IMG Academy is 6-3, 263 and a consensus five-star recruit.
247Sports also listed five new players as Five-Stars in the Class of 2018. They include Patrick Surtain Jr. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Justin Shorter (Monmouth Junction, NJ), Jordyn Adams (Cary, NC), Jamaree Salyer (Pace Academy, Atlanta, GA), Jeremy Ruckert (Lindenhurst, NY), and Talanoa Hufanga (Corvallis, OR). They join previous Five-Stars Amon-Ra St. Brown (Anaheim, CA), Zamir White (Laurinburg, NC), Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA), Thomas, Lawrence, and Fields.
COMPLETE UPDATED 247SPORTS CLASS OF 2018 RANKINGS: http://247sports.com/Season/2018-Football/RecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool
USA TODAY related story: http://usatodayhss.com/2017/justin-fields-trevor-lawrence-247sports-football-recruiting-rankings