Fields Talks Official Visit

Yet another Buckeye prospect has told BuckeyeSports.com that he enjoyed his Ohio State official visit this weekend. Chris Fields, a wide receiver commit from Painesville (Ohio) Harvey, talked about his trip, getting to hang out with some future teammates and what he learned about the university.

Chris Fields of Painesville (Ohio) Harvey has been committed to Ohio State since February, but his official visit to the university this past weekend was a chance for him to learn more about the school he plans to sign with in February.

"I enjoyed how they set up the visit," Fields told BuckeyeSports.com. "I was very curious how an official visit was. I've never taken an official visit before. I was excited where they put us, the hotel and stuff like that. We took a tour, and there are more things to learn about Ohio State than you thought, like the different buildings and what not, how many tutors there are and what the insides of Ohio State are like academically rather than football. It's different at Ohio State. They expect academics first and then athletics."

The wideout, who is a four-star recruit and ranked 38th among receivers in the class, said the most interesting part of his visit included the chance to find out more about the academic part of the school.

"I heard that they have more than 100 tutors that will be able to help you for any subject that you need," he said. "They have a big library and study center. They are really high on education and trying to get you your diploma and make you a better person life other than football."

Fields – who had visited Ohio State unofficially numerous times before, including for the Youngstown State and Michigan games this year – was hosted by Ohio State sophomore wideout Taurian Washington.

"We were talking about the insides of Ohio State," Fields said. "When you're recruited, they want to persuade you into coming to the college. The players tell you the real truth about it, but it's nothing bad. It's different from the player's perspective."

While Fields was in Columbus, he was able to hang out with members of the 2009 class as well as players like Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey and Lamaar Thomas.

"I haven't kicked it with Terrelle Pryor since when he was recruited, on his official visit," Fields said. "Ever since then I haven't talked to him because he's been busy and I've been trying to stay out of his way. So kicking it with Terrelle, DeVier, Lamaar – we haven't really kicked it like we did this weekend. It was better for us to get a better relationship. Now I'm getting to know them as good friends. Terrelle is going to be my quarterback, so getting to know him is a good idea and I took advantage of that."

Another potential Buckeye quarterback in the person of five-star prospect Tajh Boyd of Hampton, Va., was in town as well, and Fields said that Boyd seemed to enjoy himself.

"I know he had fun," Fields said. "He said he likes all of his officials. He's the type of person that's going to take his time. Everybody has their own ways of picking a college. I know it's hard for him because I went through the same process."

Fields made the trip to Columbus with his parents as well as his younger brother. Fields said his family had fun and that his mother particularly enjoyed the trip to head coach Jim Tressel's house with the rest of the families in town.

"My mom was shocked about the hotel and shocked about how important education is to them," Fields said. "They preached it to us. It's a big thing. And she did not know that she was going to go to Coach Tressel's house at all. They went up to have dessert. She experienced things that other people will probably never experience."

The 6-0, 180-pounder who committed to Ohio State over schools like USC and Kansas said he does not plan to take any more visits even though he had a great time in Columbus.

"I could have went to USC on an official visit. I could have went to Kansas, but I just felt like taking one official to Ohio State," Fields said. "They pay for everything so people are like, ‘Take advantage of all of your visits,' but why waste my time when I know that I have my mind stuck on Ohio State? I'm a Buckeye."


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