BALTIMORE, Md. – St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) traveled to Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) for an MIAA A-Conference matchup Oct. 7. Terrapin Times was on hand to scout St. Frances 2018 receiver Randy Fields, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder who projects well to the FBS level.
Our take on his game is below, while an interview can be seen above:
Fields is a natural receiver who looks the part of a potential impact college receiver. He's not a true burner, but he has the tools to become a solid short-to-intermediate option in the FBS.
Physically, Fields is long and lean at 6-3, 185 pounds. He has long arms and legs, decent-sized hands and a fairly wide wingspan. Fields also has a good vertical and can sky above some corners and safeties.
The St. Frances wideout has a suddenness too him and gets off the line well. He can eat up the cushion, quickly entering his route and getting downfield. Fields flashes fast and nimble footwork too, allowing him to cut on a dime and smoothly change direction. There is very little wasted movement when Fields is running routes.
Speaking of patterns, Fields is a sound runner who moves precisely and deftly. He's loose and flexible, easily getting in and out of his breaks and. Fields has a fairly wide tree as well, showing the ability to execute outs; posts; curls; slants and the like.
As a pass catcher, Fields has soft, natural hands and typically brings the ball in when it's put anywhere near him. He catches the ball away from his body and high-points jump balls down the field. Fields also possesses above-average body control; he can make the tough grab, bringing down poorly thrown passes.
It's evident that Fields has a high football IQ and plenty of field awareness too. He reads well and has a knack for finding openings and settling down in the zone.
After the catch, Fields shows off his agility, quickness and athleticism. A twitchy runner, he can make defenders miss with a juke or a sidestep. Fields is a glider too, and though he doesn't look especially fast, he can shoot by some defensive backs in the open.
Finally, Fields blocks well and holds his own out on the edge. He does a good job clearing out corners when the backs hit the edge.
To improve, Fields mainly needs to work on his burst and acceleration. He doesn't seem to have that second gear that will allow him to split the seam or take the top off the defense. We'd like to see him be able to pull away from defensive backs and gain momentum while running downfield.
As a route runner, while Fields is advanced for a high school receiver, he's going to have to expand his arsenal even more to succeed in college. He'll have to learn how to disguise his patterns and bait defensive backs as well. It would behoove Fields to be able to use his body to shield defenders off too, especially when he's challenged down the field.
Next, Fields has to pack on the pounds. He's rather thin right now and sometimes has trouble defeating the jam. It follows that he has to get stronger in order to take a hit and hang onto the ball in traffic. He doesn't really navigate tight quarters right now, but to take the next step Fields must show he can go over the middle; grab a pass; absorb contact and complete the catch.
Finally, Fields has to keep refining his blocking technique as once in awhile his hand placement is off.