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Sooner Intel: Patrick Fields' potential commitment could set tone for OU in March

Intel returns with an update on Patrick Fields, set to make his choice Sunday afternoon.

The Sooner Intel, created by Bob Przybylo in 2011, is an inside look into Oklahoma football and basketball recruiting and is solely for Sooners Illustrated subscribers. It is a sneak peek into what’s happening with OU recruiting and is not to be distributed anywhere else.

Sunday could become a huge day for Oklahoma recruiting if Tulsa (Okla.) Union safety Patrick Fields does indeed pick the Sooners.

Not only does it end nearly seven months without a pledge for 2018, but it does absolutely feel like it could be setting the tone for a major March coming up in Norman for #SavageTeam2K18.

Fields announced Monday evening his final three of OU, Texas and TCU. Although there is no doubt at all his trip to Austin last weekend was sensational, the prevailing thought in speaking to numerous sources and the gut feel of Sooners Illustrated is OU will be the choice.

Fields is going to make his selection Sunday afternoon following the Dallas Opening regional event in Frisco, Texas. Not sure the exact particulars of how he’s going to do it, but that remained his intention as of Thursday.

Ranked No. 6 in Sooners Illustrated’s OKPreps top 25 and a high three-star safety, Fields’ potential commitment would once again be a sign of OU keeping its top in-state priorities home.

Yes, there are times when OU makes an offer to someone from within the state and the prospect goes elsewhere. It does occur, but not usually when OU vies so hard to acknowledge that recruit as early as it did with Fields.

Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has put in the time and effort throughout this process to make sure Fields becomes the next Redskin in OU’s secondary, joining 2017 signee Tre Brown.

Fields became a name to circle in the spring last year and then was officially offered at the #ChampUBBQ in late July.

The way Fields played his junior season justified the offer and ranking and then some as Fields was an integral part in Union earning the state championship.

Looking at it from OU’s side of things, again, the seeds have been planted with several prospects and now it’s time to start reaping those rewards.

OU learned from #SoonerSquad17 how crucial it is to not only have a good chunk of early commitments but to also have at least a few of those guys be ringleaders and vocal guys and guys respected by peers and top recruits nationwide.

Nobody is disputing the talent of Brey Walker or Cameron Rising, but Fields fits it perfectly in terms of being good enough on the field with the respect enough on the trail from top-level recruits to listen to what he has to say.

He can help anchor the class and start recruiting for #ST2K18. And when you look at the group, it is one that should get significantly bigger in the next few months.

Sooners Illustrated has already predicted March commitments from:

*Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy RB T.J. Pledger

*Mansfield (Texas) High’s S Cam’ron Jones

*Tulsa Union DT Jordan Kelley

If the Sooners pull off that trio to go with Fields, it would put OU at seven commits heading into April with five of them in the Scout 300 and three of them (Walker, Pledger, Rising) in the Scout 100.

That doesn’t even take into consideration certain in-state prospects OU has already put itself in great position with like Putnam City’s Ron Tatum and Midwest City’s Jalen Redmond.

OU locked down its borders in 2017 with all five in the Scout 300 and six signees overall. Walker is in the bag, and if OU can lock down Fields on Sunday afternoon, the trend could continue in a hurry.

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