CORNELIUS, N.C. --- Tyus Fields, an NFL legacy, visited North Carolina last month and left with his newest scholarship offer. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Hough High cornerback is high on the Heels, a credit to the instant connection he made with its new DB coach.
"I think he's a guy that really wants to play bigger than he really is," Hough assistant coach ChaChi Sullivan said. "He's a tough kid; he likes to really be physical. I think he's a cornerback with a safety's mentality.
"He's a good player, but I think he needs to really work to become more consistent in his coverage, eye discipline, footwork, pad level -- you know, those basic fundamental things. But he has all the intangible things."
Since his freshman year, Fields has been a varsity starter at cornerback for Hough. He added running back and receiver to his workload this past season, his sophomore year.
Fields ended his inaugural high school season with 31 tackles and an interception. He finished his sophomore campaign with a pair of INTs, 55 tackles, and eight offensive touchdowns.
Fields made his first visit to North Carolina late last month. The experience, which happened to be UNC's first junior day of the 2018 cycle, proved to be profitable. Early into his stay, he was escorted to Larry Fedora's office where the Tar Heels' head man offered Fields a scholarship.
"It meant a lot, because a lot of kids don't get this opportunity," Fields said. "It was pretty cool for me to get the offer."
Five schools have now offered Fields. Rounding out his list of offers are Clemson, NC State, Penn State, and Tennessee.
"[UNC] will always be at the top," Fields said. "I don't have any favorites. But every school that I get an offer from, I take a pretty good interest in.
"It was my first time up there and I was only up there a short period of time. But, the new DB coach, he seems pretty cool. I'm looking forward to connecting with him a lot more."
Fields and Terry Joseph, UNC's new DB coach, made their first connection during the aforementioned junior day.
"He's a pretty cool guy," Fields said. "I feel like that's going to be a pretty good change for the DB group there at Chapel Hill."
A week before UNC's junior day, Fields attended a junior day at NC State.
During the season, Clemson was the only school Fields visited. Most of his trips were to see his older brother, Mark, a rising junior cornerback for the Tigers.
"It doesn't impact me at all, because my brother and I, we're two different people," Fields said. "I just let him do what he does and I just focus on myself."
Fields added that his brother hasn't tried to recruit him for Clemson.
"He just tells me to take all my visits to all the schools and just go through the process," Fields said.
Fields's brother isn't his lone Power 5 connection. He's close with Corey Bell, a junior cornerback at UNC; Marquill Osborne a sophomore cornerback at Tennessee; and Mike Stevens, a senior cornerback at NC State... Field's father, Mark, was a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker in the NFL. He played collegiately at Washington State.