Semper Fi: VIDEO - Shay Fields
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- When Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide receiver Shay Fields and his cousin – a former Brave wide out himself -- Bryce Treggs got together over Christmas, the pair didn't talk any football, despite Fields's upcoming official visit to Treggs's domain up in Berkeley.
"We were actually watching the Lakers game," Fields smiled. "We talked a little bit. He was home for Christmas, so he said, ‘If you have any questions, ask,' and I kind of didn't ask, but I'll ask on my official."
Though he was wearing a USC t-shirt after practice on Friday, Fields – a Trojans commit – and USC have been drifting apart in the days since Steve Sarkisian took the reins, and it now seems that Fields is committed to the Trojans in name only.
Fields told BearTerritory that "it's down to Cal and Colorado," and on Jan. 24, he and fellow Semper Fidelis All-American Chandler Leniu -- a Bosco linebacker – will make their official visits to California.
"I actually want to see the facilities and kind of sit down and talk about the depth chart, and see where I would fit in," Fields said.
On Friday – the last day of full-pads practice before Sunday's 6 p.m. kickoff at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. – Fields had his most consistent day of the week, making both the spectacular and everyday grabs. Fields has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the three days of practice, but that's been punctuated by the odd drop on an easy pass. That said, he's one of the more dynamic receivers on the roster, with the speed and shiftiness to play both out wide and in the slot, which is exactly what Bosco did in the state title game against Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. Instead of letting Fields get taken out of the game by the Spartans' cover-2 scheme, he was put in the slot and matched up against linebackers, while the safeties rolled to the outside to cover the likes of Jaleel Wadood.
"During the season, I pretty much played outside, but we had some plays that had me designed inside, and I'll move over to the slot sometimes," he said. "It's more comfortable than going against a corner, because the safeties and the linebackers are not used to fast receivers in the slot."
That role, sources say, is just what the Bears want him to do if he comes to Berkeley.
"Me and [Likens] haven't talked about it a lot, but he talked to my mom and dad about it, so they probably know more than me, but that's what I'm trying to actually go up there and see and figure out for myself," Fields said.
Friday was also a good day for Cal wide receiver commit Erik Brown, who's prevailed upon his West teammate to join him and Treggs in Berkeley.
"He hasn't been on me that much, but he's been saying, ‘Come be my roommate, come to Cal with me,'" Fields said. "We get along real well."
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