Rutgers Commit Field Checks In

The first member of the Rutgers 2016 recruiting class -- offensive lineman Ted Field -- catches up with Scout about early enrollment and offseason recruiting. Field remains set on a leadership role in recruiting with multiple plans for the other commits come spring time.

Winter has been an exciting time for the first member of the Rutgers class of 2016 – offensive lineman Ted Field.

Field remains set on early enrollment, so his offseason is filled with extra schoolwork and training. Because in less than 11 months, he enrolls at Rutgers.

“It opened my eyes realizing it’s less than a year away before I enroll,” Field said. “I’m working my butt off and setting my goals for where I want to be. It’s all mental. It’s all up to me. … It’s much more exciting than scary. If I get myself ready, there shouldn’t be anything scary about it.”

The hulking 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman from Glen Mills (Pa.) Garnet Valley is fully focused on Rutgers after a commitment in July of last year.

“A lot of schools, because I’m so involved with Rutgers, they see that and just say ‘hey we respect that,’” Field said. “They kind of let me go on my own way. I bleed red. I don’t bleed any other color than that, and that’s how I feel.”

Field was the earliest public commitment in modern Rutgers history, and is happy to see the class size grow to four as February ends.

“I was so excited when Nick Krimin committed,” Field said. “I just keep in touch with the guys. We’re looking to get together some time for a commit sleepover visit or something. I’ll maybe have them all up at my house over the summer. Hopefully we’ll have a few more parts to the RU dream team by then.”

Field will be back on campus in two weeks for a catchup with the staff, and said he will be at multiple spring practices and the spring game. He will not be at this weekend’s junior day because of family obligations.

Rutgers recently shook up its offensive coaching staff after Ralph Friedgen stepped down. Field said he likes the promotion of Ben McDaniels.

“Whatever coach [Kyle] Flood decides, that’s best for the team,” Field said. “I’m ready to follow whatever he wants to do.”

And when it comes to the recruitment of four-star quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Dwayne Haskins, Field said pass protection will not be their concern.

“They don’t have to worry about a thing,” Field said. “Just worry about throwing the ball and scoring touchdowns.”

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