One Of The Tops In His Field

This quarterback prospect says that Auburn has moved rapidly up his list of prospective schools after a weekend visit.

Cairo, Ga.--Following two earlier trips to the Plains this summer for football camps, quarterback Blake Field from North Florida Christian High in Tallahassee came back to campus this weekend for Auburn's final camp of the summer hoping to show the coaching staff his QB skills.

Standing out in a talented group of nearly 300 high school football players, Field's plan worked because he left town feeling a lot better about his game and himself after talking with Coach Tommy Tuberville and Auburn quarterback Coach Steve Ensminger.

"He (Ensminger) said he knew what I was about and he wanted me to play for him because he knows my techniques and that they're all based off what he's coached," Field tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Talking to Coach Tuberville was pretty good, too. Coach Tuberville is a very nice guy and I like how personable they are.

"Auburn has been standing out a little bit more to me because they've made me feel like they want me," he adds. "They've sent letters and made a point. I want to feel wanted. Being in the SEC and being around this part of the country, I've known about Auburn for a long time. As far as committing I'm not real sure about that right now. All I'm doing right now is just concentrating on my season, getting a smooth transfer and playing my season the best that I can.

"Plus, it's my senior year and I want to do as good as I can. If it comes down in the end that Auburn is the best one for me, being that the coaches are a good choice for me, then it's a possibility. I really like Coach Ensminger, but I'm still going to wait a little while."

Blake Field

A strong-armed passer and a student of the game, Field enters his senior season at North Florida Christian with more than 3,000 yards passing in his career. Much of that came at Cairo High, where he had started each of the previous two seasons, but with his father no longer the coach for the Syrupmakers the quarterback looked in another direction and that was the private school in Tallahassee, which traditionally has a strong football team.

Despite his change in schools, Field hasn't lost the recruiters as schools from all over the South are giving the 6-2, 180 Field enough attention to keep him busy for much of the summer. Trips to Clemson, Georgia as well as the two trips to Auburn have been good for his game, but it was the latest Auburn trip that he says really worked out well for him.

"The first time I was up there it was for the Nike Camp and that wasn't really much because it wasn't an Auburn camp," Field notes. "The second time was a seven-on-seven camp and that wasn't really an Auburn experience either. This time was more Auburn. I enjoyed it because there were so many reps. I got a lot more consistency in how I was throwing because of that. I got on a roll I guess. Plus, I got to see a lot more of the background about academics and I got to talk to the coaches a lot more. That helped out a lot."

Field's only early scholarship offer had been from East Carolina University, where family friend Rick Stockstill is in his first season as offensive coordinator for new head Coach John Thompson. If his summer is any indication, that will change over the course of the next few months.

"Florida State and Georgia are the other two really," Field answers when asked who he's considering in addition to the Pirates. "Florida State being so close and Georgia because of the connection with Coach Bobo (Mike Bobo) and because I've grown up being a Georgia fan. Clemson is also in there because of the staff."

Field is shown at Auburn's seven-on-seven camp earlier this summer.

The connection between Bobo and Field is a deep-rooted one that was started when he was just a youngster. Bobo's father, George Bobo, was the longtime coach at Thomasville High, where Field and his family lived until his sophomore season. Family friends to this day, he says that the connection is actually deeper that that and actually connects him with Auburn as well as the Bulldogs.

"Coach Ensminger and George, Mike's dad, coached together," he says. "All the technique came down to me because Coach George Bobo was my coach. Coach Ensminger coached Mike at Georgia, so all the technique I already know. We watched a film before we went out to practice (Saturday at Auburn's camp) and it was nothing new to me because it was all the same stuff. That's what I liked about this weekend."

A newcomer on the scene at North Florida Christian this fall, Field will enter one of the most storied programs in the Sunshine State. Playing a schedule filled with tradtionally strong opponents such as Tallahassee-Lincoln, FAMU High, Tallahassee-Leon and defending Class A state champion Trinity Christian (Jacksonville), Field says he's anxious to see how this year's team stacks up with some of the past NFC teams.

"I'm looking forward to it, playing the big schools like Lincoln. They are well known and I'm looking forward to being a part of a team that has won six state championships. Being part of a team that just graduated the number one player in the nation in Ernie Sims. I like to look up on that board and see all the state championships they have in a row, just recent state championships. That means there's hope for me to have one of those, too. Coach (Tim) Coakley has made it a very smooth transition as well and the players have been good about accepting me."

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