The 6-2, 180-pounder, who transferred to the private school powerhouse in Tallahassee, Fla., as a senior, was a standout on the football camp circuit this spring and summer, including the Nike Camp at Auburn. He joins another Georgia native, 6-3, 205 Calvin Booker of Mays High in Atlanta, as QB verbal commitments to Auburn. Booker has led his team to a 7-0 record.
Field received a scholarship offer to Auburn from quarterback coach Steve Ensminger and head coach Tommy Tuberville over the summer after three strong showings at football camps in Auburn earlier this year. Auburn was the second college to offer a scholarship to Field. East Carolina assistant coach Rick Stockstill, a former FSU quarterback and friend of the Field family, was the first college coach to offer Field a scholarship. Auburn was the first SEC school to offer Field and Vanderbilt was the second SEC program to offer the right-hander.
A strong-armed passer and a student of the game, Field entered his senior season at North Florida Christian with more than 3,000 yards passing in his career. Much of that came at Cairo, Ga., High School, where he had started the previous two seasons where his father was head coach. However, after his father was replaced as head coach for the Syrupmakers the quarterback looked in another direction for a place to play his senior season. He transferred to North Florida Christian, a school with a strong history in football.
Blake Field is shown at a summer football camp prior to his senior season.
In his last outing on Friday night in Tallahassee, he completed 16-31 passes for 317 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in North Florida Christian's 63-0 victory over the FAMU High Baby Rattlers. That improved NFC's record to 5-2 overall, 3-0 in district play.
Field says that having Ensminger as quarterback coach sparked his interest in the Tigers because of the coach's connection with the Bobo family--long-time Thomasville High football coach George Bobo and his son Mike Bobo, a prep standout who later played for the University of Georgia. "Coach Ensminger and George, Mike's dad, coached together," Field said. "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.
"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 said. "Talking to Coach Tuberville was pretty good, too. Coach Tuberville is a very nice guy and I like how personable they are."
Field is the 10th public verbal commitment for the Tigers. In addition to the quarterbacks, other commitments include:
*Offensive lineman Cameron Mayo from Dalton, Ga., High.
*Offensive lineman Antwoin Daniels from Mary Persons High in Forsyth, Ga.
*Running back Brad Lester from Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga.
*Cornerback Dee McClure from Minor High in Adamsville, Ala.
*Linebacker Courtney Harden from Colbert County High in Leighton, Ala.
*Safety Marcus Carter from Fort Payne, Ala., High.
*Wide receiver James Swinton from Tucker, Ga., High.
*Ath. Blake Shrader from North Jackson High in Stevenson, Ala.