Some commitments are big because of their play on the field. Some are big because of their personalities. And some are both.
With Oklahoma and Tulsa (Okla.) Union safety Patrick Fields, this is one that resonates on the field and on the recruiting trail.
OU finally has that local lead recruiter for #SavageTeam2K18.
Fields, a high three-star prospect, announced for the Sooners on Sunday afternoon. Although the decision was made Sunday, Fields admitted he basically knew he was OU bound once the offer was handed out at the #ChampUBBQ last July.
He went through the process, saw some schools and realized OU was still home so let’s get this over-and-done with.
Add in Fields wants to be a mid-year enrollee, again, go ahead and make the call and start building on the rest of the class.
It will be crucial for Fields to do just that. We’ve talked a couple of times how there isn’t that rah-rah type of recruiting leader for OU with this class.
The local guy, Southmoore’s Brey Walker, doesn’t have the natural personality to do just that. The guy that can, Newbury Park (Calif.) High quarterback Cameron Rising, is too far away to resonate with kids in the Midlands.
Fields gives you both. He’s on track to become a four-star prospect sooner than later but also has the respect of peers and fellow top recruits in the area as evidenced by the amount of guys around him and congratulating him at The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas.
What Fields can do on the field seems obvious now. He can do a little bit of everything whenever you ask him to step in. Play corner? Sure. Safety? Absolutely. Nickel? Can do that, too. Any spot in the secondary is in safe hands with Fields.
Fields told Sooners Illustrated after his commitment he was already working on guys like Ron Tatum and Jalen Redmond. Bingo, that’s what OU has been lacking.
The OU can do a lot, but they can only do so much under NCAA rules. Sometimes, you need an extra little push and that’s where Fields can come in.
One of the first things Fields did was take a picture with Brey Walker and did the “Horns Down” symbol. He’s comfortable being an OU commit. He’s comfortable being in that leader of the clubhouse role.
Fields had a major junior season that put him even more on the map than he was heading into the year. It was his versatility that made him such a treat to watch as a junior and a reason (among many) why the Redskins earn the state title.
OU went nearly seven months without a commitment in 2018 with Cameron Rising in August 2016. Fields is locked up, and now? Get ready because more is coming for #ST2K18.