With his senior season now over, Evan Fields can shift his focus to picking the college where he'll continue his playing career.
Arizona State is one of the schools under serious consideration.
A 6-foot-1, 190 pound safety at Midwest City High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Fields has developed a strong relationship with ASU's defensive staff this year.
Part of that connection is because the Sun Devils have multiple coaches who are from Fields' home state. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Keith Patterson and secondary coach T.J. Rushing are both from Oklahoma.
Patterson was in attendance at Fields' final high school game last Friday, a 23-14 playoff loss to Page.
"I get along great with the ASU coaches, especially coach Patterson and coach Rushing," Fields said. "They talk to me multiple times each week. It's pretty strong with them. We have a good relationship. I'm just looking to see how comfortable I am in Tempe.
"It feels like because they're from Oklahoma they'll take care of me since I'm from Oklahoma."
Fields said he will visit ASU for his official visit on Dec. 9 weekend. It's an opportunity see for the first time a program that he grew up rooting for, even if he didn't altogether understand why.
"When I was a kid I liked Arizona State," Field said. "I don't know why but that's just a feeling I had. Some of my family liked Oklahoma and others like Oklahoma State."
ASU's been in earnest pursuit of Fields since the spring evaluation period, when it saw him in action at a camp. Fields suffered a hairline fracture in his arm that day, but continued to play through it, an indication of his toughness. That's something that shows up clearly on film as well.
"Coach Patterson always calls me stud," Fields said. "When they came and watched me at team camp, we were passing the ball a lot and they saw me run. They said my athleticism will take me far in the league the play in. From the conversations they said that I'm intelligent and think I'm a mature guy who can play early. He doesn't really know if I'll play Spur or the high safety (Bandit) but he thinks I'll be able to help them out early when I get there."
Fields has already taken official visits to Kansas State and Oklahoma State. He's considering a trip to Mississippi State, and reserving the possibility of an additional official visit depending on whether any new scholarship offers arrive. Oklahoma and Notre Dame are possibilities, as are several other Pac-12 programs.
"I had an injury for the first four games but since then, that's when I got offered by Oklahoma State and Mississippi State and a bunch of other schools started hitting me up," Fields said. "So I'm going to keep a couple officials in the bag in case I need to use one.
"If I get a feeling, like this is the place, I could [commit] on a visit or after it. But you only get to take these officials one time in your life if everything works out. I'm going to check out everything, not rush it, just take my time and go through it."null