Notre Dame hosts Las Vegas safety

Tony Fields III of Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines was impressed with what he saw during his first visit to South Bend on Monday.

Junior Tony Fields III visited Notre Dame for the first time on Monday with his father, brother and grandmother. The standout from Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines liked what he saw.

“It was really great,” Fields said. “It opened my eyes a lot. I didn’t know much about Notre Dame coming, in, but I learned a lot about a school that I could potentially see myself attending.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete projects primarily at linebacker, though Fields intrigues the Irish staff as a potential offer candidate at safety. He spent time discussing his recruitment with assistants Todd Lyght and Mike Elston.

“They said they loved me and loved my film, but right now they have three linebackers committed, so they’re going to see if they like me at a different position,” Fields said. “They said if my footwork and speed jump out to them in person when they come see me in May that they will offer me as a safety.”

Fields has offers from Arizona, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV and Washington State.

“As of right now Arizona is my favorite,” Fields said. “I don’t like coming out with a list of schools though because it changes every day. Arizona has been the one school though that’s always been high up there no matter what.”

In addition to talking with multiple members of the Notre Dame staff, Fields received a tour of campus and discussed academics with other staff members.

“We saw the Golden Dome and the grotto, which was great,” Fields said. “I talked to them about academics, and I’m pretty sure I’m cleared. I’m just waiting on ACT scores to make sure.”

Other schools that have expressed interest include Arizona State, Northwestern, Temple, Virginia, UCLA and USC.

Fields visited Northwestern on Saturday and will visit Illinois on Tuesday.

Fields’ father, Tony Fields Jr., played defensive back at BYU in the 1990s.

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