Desert Pines High School (NV) prospect Tony Fields II is excited after receiving a BYU scholarship offer. The 6-2, 210-pound junior and his family have been waiting on this offer since his freshman year of high school.
“Yeah, you know, this has been an offer my dad has been looking for since his freshman year,” said Fields III. “My dad went to BYU in 1997-98 and played football for BYU. He has a really good connection to the program, but then the old coaching staff left so he kind of had to start over with the new coaching staff.
“My high school coach send the new staff my film, and they ended up contacting my coach David Hill and extended a full ride scholarship to me. When I got the offer I was really happy about it, just for the simple fact that I can say that I’m about to beat my dad as far as going to college. BYU is a really prestigious college and I’m grateful that I have an offer from them.”
Tony Fields II’s father gave BYU high praise when speaking to his son about his college experience in Provo.
“He told me that he really liked it out there at BYU,” said Fields II. “He said that they treat you like a pro because they don’t have any professional football teams out there in Provo, so BYU football is the big team out there that everyone cheers for. He also said that BYU has a really good environment and that it’s a good school.”
Fields II came out to BYU last summer after participating in the All Poly Camp in June. After attending the camp he went on an unofficial visit to BYU.
“I went out there for an unofficial visit last year and went to a camp,” said Fields. “I got to see the facilities and part of the campus. It’s really nice out there. I really liked all the facilities and it was a really nice atmosphere down there. I saw everything.”
His father, Tony Fields, is excited that his son has received the same opportunity to go to the same college where he once attended and played ball. When his son first got the offer, the two celebrated with a chest bump.
“Yeah, he was really excited and he was like, ‘You’re there man!’” said Fields II. “You know football players always jump up and chest bump? Well, he had me jump up and chest bump him after he heard I got that offer from BYU.”
While Fields II’s father might be excited about his former college offering his son, he does want him to wait it out a bit in order to fully weigh his options.
“He likes the idea of me going to BYU, but he’s really big about me weighing all my options,” said Fields III. “He wants me to experience the recruiting process and told me that it’s one of the funnest but stressful things he went through in his life. He wants me to wait it out and make sure I get everything to make an evaluation, rather than committing on the spot and causing other schools to shy away from me.”
Currently there are 12 scholarship offers on the table for Fields II.
“I have 12 other offers besides BYU,” said Fields III. “I have Arizona, Hawaii, UNLV, Nevada, Colorado State, Boise State, Weber State, Southern Utah, Washington State, San Diego State, and San Jose State.
“BYU is definitely among my tops because I just like the fact that I could complete my dad’s legacy [in Provo] by actually finishing school and getting a degree. I know football isn’t everything and won’t always be there. Anything can happen. So, I want to get a degree by finishing college.”
Feeling blessed to have been given the physical tools of an athlete that has opened up so many opportunities for him, Fields II wants to use those gives to ultimately give back to those who struggle through life with disabilities.
“I want to study bio-medical engineering,” said Fields III. “I just like the fact that I would be able to help the needy. I go to a school where there are a lot of disabled kids, and I feel bad about that because I see them struggle with doing things. I want to go into a field where I can help disabled people by building prosthetic arms or hearts and things that could help people in their lives.”
To use his talents to get a college degree in order to help raise the quality of life for those with disabilities shows the level of compassion and care within his young heart. So, Fields II hones his craft day-in and day-out in an effort to one day do greater good.
“I’m 6-2, 210-pounds and I play outside linebacker,” said Fields II. “Last season I had 94 tackles, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and three touchdowns. I had one defensive touchdown and two offensive touchdowns. I also play wide receiver on offense as well.”
Fields II will be making a return visit to Provo this evening to attend BYU’s Junior Day and spring scrimmage. He’ll be coming up with another Desert Pines High School prospect BYU has also recently offered.
“Yeah, I’m so I can go to BYU’s junior day,” Fields II said. “Me and another kid by the name of Randal [Grimes] is coming up. He’s a receiver that BYU offered two days after I got offered. I think me and him will probably end up going to the same college together because we both are getting a lot of the same offers. It should be good and I’m excited to get back up there to check things out again.”
Fields II and Randal Grimes will be joined on campus this evening by their Desert Pines teammates, and current UNLV commits, Marckell Grayson (QB) and Isaiah Morris (RB). Total Blue Sports will catch up with Fields II and his teammates following their visit(s) for further comment.