The recruiting week hasn’t turned out kind for Oklahoma. One day after another, there were moves that didn’t go the Sooners way.
Flips (Cameron Rising to Texas). Decommitments (2019 wide receivers Arjei Henderson, Theo Wease). A major top target not choosing the Sooners (Ron Tatum – Texas). It’s a week OU fans would love to erase, at least so far.
Through it all, there’s one commit for OU’s 2018 class doing whatever he can possibly do to try add more big-time members to #SavageTeam2K18.
Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive back Patrick Fields committed to OU nearly two months ago, picking the Sooners over finalists TCU and Texas and several other offers.
It was about making it official because ever since he was offered by OU at the #ChampUBBQ last July, Fields admitted he knew he would be a Sooner.
He’s in, time to get others.
“Yea, most definitely,” said Fields about being comfortable as the leader. “I feel like I’m naturally a leader. I really don’t like tweeting as much as I have, but I’ll do whatever is needed.”
Fields has become the social media face of OU’s class. Since that commitment at The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas, Fields has been as all-in with the Sooners as one can possibly be.
Perhaps taking a page out of the playbook of Justin Broiles from #SoonerSquad17, another in-state prospect that picked OU. Fields isn’t trying to be arrogant or boisterous, but he wants people to remember why OU is such a special place.
Even though this month has seen four in-state recruits not pick the Sooners, Fields hasn’t backed down. Owasso safety Josh Proctor chose Ohio State two weeks ago. Bixby offensive lineman Bryce Bray picked Oklahoma State. Moore Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson has committed to Texas to go along with Tatum.
Fields isn’t alone, either. He’s one of three in-state commits with Moore Southmoore five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker and Tulsa Union three-star defensive tackle Jordan Kelley.
You win some, you lose some, but the fight keeps going.
“It has been a gut-punch,” Fields said. “At the same time, you have to sit back and realize that even if we don’t think it’s the best for them, they’re doing what they think is best for them and their family.
“Me and Jordan, personally, we take a lot of pride in going to OU. This is our home state, and want to bring a national championship to OU. We’ve been through it all. The good times, the bad times, we’re living our dreams out together.”
OU is hopeful for some more good times here in the near future on the recruiting trail. Fields believes it’s only a matter of time, and he knows the Sooners will continue to make their mark.
“We’ll catch fire,” Fields said. “It’s about getting started again. Once we do, look out, big things are going to happen.”