Madill Oklahoma senior running back Darryl Fields has been adamant that he wants to play for a program on that is growing. A college where he can be a big part of the rebuilding process. Fields has offers from schools like Texas Tech, OSU, Kansas, Kansas State, Colorado, and Arkansas, but it's been SMU that has been consistently near the top of his list since the summer.
"Oregon State is really hard on him right now, but if I had to pick I think it would be SMU that he ends up at. They have done a great job recruiting him. We'll see where that goes," stated Wildcats Coach Kerry Roberts to PonyStampede.com. "You go from 1-10 to 7-5 and it shows something. Coach Jones has won where ever he has gone. We went down for an unofficial visit and they treated Darryl like he was the man. He felt very comfortable with them."
Fields rushed for 1495 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. His 10.2 ypg was one of the best in the state of Oklahoma. Not bad for a player that has been at the position for only two seasons.
"The best is yet to come. We just moved him to running back last year, and the improvement was amazing. Last year he was just a fast kid running, this year he became a running back. There is still a lot more to work on, but if he makes it through the rigorous life of college football, the sky is the limit," said Coach Roberts. "He is almost 6'3, 205 pounds, and a state champ in the 200 meter and 400 meter in class 4A. His speed is some of the best I have ever seen. I have been doing this for thirty years. The potential is there, he is going to have an opportunity to play some big time football if he wants to. He is still learning, but it's there."
Madill, who finished the season 10-0, was knocked out in the first round of the Oklahoma State playoffs two weeks ago for the second straight year. The Wildcats lost 14-11 to an 8-3 Blanchard. The Madill offense could not get going after scoring over 35 points nine times this season.
Now with teams starting to round out their recruiting classes for the 2010 season, the senior running back will turn his attention to picking a school. Besides for SMU, North Texas is also a major player in Fields top schools.
"Darryl wants to go somewhere where they are in a rebuilding process. He also wants to go out of state," said Coach Roberts. "SMU's Bert Hill has done a great job recruiting him. Enough can't be said about him. The SMU passing game is going to open up their running game, usually it's the other way around. That is what they are selling him on. I will say this, I don't care what level he is on, it's going to be hard to catch him. He is just phenomenal with his speed. I think if he goes to SMU, as a true freshman he could be a important part of the program."
Fields had 147 carries last season for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had a handful of catches out of the backfield and one receiving score. His effort helped the Madill Wildcats to an 8-3 record.
"He is just a great football player. He is a quiet guy. That is our team. We are not very vocal. We have three to four kids who are playing next level football, and that pretty good for a 3A team in Oklahoma," said Coach Roberts. "Darryl is one of those kids that goes out and does his thing. He doesn't show much emotion. I would like to say he is a leader, but he isn't. That is just not his style. It's not a negative thing, because some kids are and some aren't. He is a guy that lets his performance do his talking."
Where will Fields end up? Right now it's a guessing game. Many college programs and football fans are waiting to see if they can get the best uncommitted player in the state of Oklahoma.
"He has to make a decision quick. Schools are starting to fill up. If I had a guess, I would say it's SMU. They are always in his top three. One week it might change, but SMU is always constant," said Coach Roberts.
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