Recruiting: Fields Has Plenty Of Options

Darryl Fields of Madill, Okla., admits that he is kind of surprised about all the recruiting attention that he has been receiving. The 6-2, 200-pound standout said he really didn't expect all of this, but after playing a mean linebacker as a sophomore and then last season rushing for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns on 147 carries, he should have expected it.

"I was most excited about the Tulsa offer because that was the first," said the well spoken Fields. "That kind of surprised me and I was really excited that someone felt I was that good.

"After that, they were all (other offers) about the same until Oklahoma State. I was having fun and just thinking this was fun. I got that and I began thinking everything was more serious. I thought to myself this is for real, this isn't joking around. That was pretty surprising to get that offer."

Fields, who claims to have grown up an OU fan and also cheering for the Oregon Ducks, now has eight offers. Besides Oklahoma State and Tulsa, his offers include Colorado, Texas Tech, Rice, SMU, Kansas State, and Arkansas.

He says he has a busy summer planned. "I for sure want to go to some of the college camps," said Fields, considering Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and Arkansas among others.

"Then we have summer pride where we do our lifting and running and getting in shape and ready for football season. Also, I 'm playing AAU basketball this summer too."

The lifting could be important because as big and explosive as Fields is, he said his last bench press max was 235 pounds and his last squat max was 320 pounds. There is no doubt that he will improve those by leaps this summer with some work in the weight room.

All that and he is coming off a track season that will really get your attention as at the Class 4A state track meet in Tulsa he won the 200 meters in a time of 22 seconds flat and then he won the 400 meters in a time of 48.96 seconds. Fields accepted congratulations and said he was pretty happy with the results.

"Oh yeah, I was real happy because of how much work I put into track and to see it all become worth it, the hot track practices and the practices and running in the rain. I was happy that in the end it was all worth the effort."

Besides thinking about his victorious track season he has also been thinking about recruiting. It is hard not to with all the mail and the offers stacking up.

"I have been thinking about that, and I think I will make my decision sometime after football season," concluded Fields.

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