Rashad Fields, a 6-2, 200-pound safety from Caruthersville, MO, verbally committed to the Rebels tonight for the 2008 signing period.
Rashad, who goes by "Shad," was being recruited by Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Duke. He was offered by the Rebels Monday and accepted the offer tonight.
"I have been to Ole Miss once and was hoping they would recruit me. It's a pretty place, not too far from home and they play in the Southeastern Conference, which is what I wanted to do," said Fields, who said he runs a 4.6 40.
rashad, literally, played all over the field for his high school squad.
"I played some wide receiver and runnin back on offense, some corner and safety on defense and I returned all kicks and punts," said Rashad.
On defense, where he is being recruited by the Rebels, Rashad had four interceptions and 96 tackles his junior season. On offense, he said he couldn't remember yardage, but he scored on five pass plays and three rushing plays.
For his efforts, he was named All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State as a safety.
His believes his strength on the football field is his awareness and hitting ability.
"I like to call myself a ball hawk," said Shad. "I have a nose for the ball and see how plays develop well. I also believe in being physical. I love to hit - that's what football is all about."
Fields said Rebel WR Coach Hugh Freeze was a major influence on his decision.
"Coach Freeze sold me on Ole Miss, but he didn't have to push too hard," Fields said. "Like I said, I liked Ole Miss when I visited there, even though I didn't come Junior Day and haven't taken what you would call an official tour, I saw enough of it on my visit to know I wanted to be there.
"coach Freeze and Coach O are great guys, the kind of guys you want to play for. Ole Miss has an up and coming program and I want to be a part of that."
Rashad said he will work diligently his senior year to get "stronger and faster."
"I have big dreams and to reach those dreams it will take a lot of work and sacrifice. I know I need to get stronger and faster and I believe I have the frame and athleticism to do those things if I put in the effort," he noted.
Fields said his academics are "fine."
"I got a little behind my freshman year, but I am making up for that and will be academically eligible. I understand the importance of that," he closed.
Rashad Fields commits
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