A strong recent performance in front of Arizona State coaches led to a scholarship offer Evan Fields has long coveted.
Fields, a 6-foot-1, 196 pound safety at Midwest City high School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, grew up a fan of the Sun Devils and even called it a "dream offer" in his tweet.
"I didn't pretty good and (secondary) coach T.J. Rushing and (defensive coordinator) Keith Patterson were really watching so I felt pretty sure I was going to get it. I had talked to them a bunch because coach Patterson is friends with our head coach. So I've talked with him before.
You know how when you're a kid you say, 'I like that school.' That's kind of how I felt about ASU," Fields said. "They've always been one of my favorites. I always liked watching them play. They come out in games and have the fireworks and the uniforms are great. You know how that stuff kind of pops when you're a kid and it sticks out."
Currently Fields said he has 18 scholarship offers, with ASU, Kansas State, Houston and Memphis some of the big names. But more could be on the way in the near future, he thinks.
"It's started picking up a bunch," Fields said. "A lot of new coaches are following me on twitter now. Some bigger schools are really starting to get involved now. I think Arkansas might offer soon, Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi State. There's a few more but those are ones that come to the top of my head.
"I feel like I'll get more schools to offer during the summer time. A bunch of them visited for the spring evaluation and they're getting off the road and will talk about it now. I feel like I'll probably take all five of my visits but you never know, maybe I'll like one enough to commit.
From his current offer list, the only school that Fields said he knows he wants to officially visit is ASU. When he does take visits, he'll pay close attention to how he fits in with the coaches and players and if the academic situation feels right to him.
"Arizona State is definitely going to get an official visit," he said. "I don't care if I get Alabama, LSU, all of that, I'll still be officially visiting ASU. I've always liked ASU."
Midwest City should have a good team this season and Fields said he's been working hard on his game in recent months.
"I've got really high expectations," he said. "Our defense has pretty much dominated everybody we went against. We had a bunch of sophomores who started last year and are juniors now, plus our seniors coming back. I'm working on my speed. I'm about a high 4.4s right now, 4.50. I'm working on getting that down. I'm working on technique because in high school I can get away with it because I'm pretty much more athletic than everybody. In college I need my technique to be down."