From his sense of style to the decision to commit so early in the process, Glen Mills (Pa.) Garnet Valley 2016 offensive lineman Ted Field is a one of a kind guy.
When it comes to recruiting, he plans to do it his own way. And that means speaking his mind, and using social media to share his belief in the Rutgers program.
Field sent tweets to many top 2016 prospects, including five-star running back Kareem Walker, Palmyra (N.J.) receiver Kelvin Harmon and three-star Orlando linebacker Jonathan Pollock. His message is simple – join up for a memorable ride.
“I want our recruiting class to be remembered forever,” Field said. “For that to happen, we need to recruit the best players and the best people. I met all of the key guys I’ve been tweeting at and more. I just wanted to put it out there that we can be the best class in Rutgers history and do something real special.”
Field and his father had front-row seats to Saturday’s Penn State game, and they plan to attend every home game the rest of the season. The sold out Penn State game let him share his story with other 2016s in attendance.
“I committed early for a lot of reasons,” Field said. “You can focus on playing football. You don’t have to worry about anything. I try to explain to guys that once you’re committed to Rutgers, they’re committed to you. Rutgers is a great place, and I tell these guys, seeing the facilities, seeing the people, seeing chop nation, I feel pretty good.”
Rutgers lost to Penn State 13-10 after holding a 10-point halftime lead, but the result did not discourage Field.
“It was a great start but unfortunately Rutgers didn’t win,” he said. “It will make the game even better when we win next year. It really showed Rutgers recruits that Rutgers is a serious place to go if you want to play big-time football.”
Recruiting the 2016 class became easier for head coach Kyle Flood after receiving a two-year extension from the school last week. That fact was not missed among the recruits in attendance.
“I don’t have to worry about coach Flood going anywhere and he was a big reason I committed to Rutgers,” Field said. “Overall, I just love it. My family loves coach Flood. It’s just awesome.”
Field considered an opportunity to transfer to Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O’Hara in the offseason but decided to finish his career where he started at Garnet Valley.
By staying, he is on track for a January 2016 enrollment in Piscataway.
“It hit me the other day that this is going to be my last spring break in high school,” Field said. “It’s just motivation to work even harder.”
Garnet Valley is off to a 2-1 start to 2015.
“We’re off to a good start, working on being 3-1,” Field said. “Like Rutgers does, we’re working on being 1-0 every week. It’s going good. I’m working hard just getting ready to try to get into the playoffs.”
Though many 2016 prospects will follow in Field’s footsteps to Rutgers, none can be expected to follow his sense of style. A self-described country big man, Field is proud of his patented overall. When a man walks down the street with that look, people know he’s not afraid of anything.
“I live in the country,” Field said. “My community is being developed. We’re one of the oldest residences in my township and we’ve still got 20 acres of woods and farmland always working outside. I just think it describes my character, you know. I’m not going to change the way I dress for somebody. … Overall nation.”