The waiting game just became easier for Landry Fields.
The 6'3" shooting guard from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School has had a scholarship offer on the table from New Mexico, and the possibility of another to come from Gonzaga. Either opportunity could compel him to sign during the fall signing period, which starts November 9. Weighed against an early signing for Fields is the prospect of a Stanford scholarship, which could be available for him to sign next spring. The SoCal student-athlete originally aimed to sign in the fall and favored the Cardinal, but those plans were derailed in the summer when his SAT score came in low and his spring transcript sagged.
This week loomed large for Fields, with a pair of scheduled official visits. He was set to trip to Gonzaga this past weekend and Stanford this coming weekend. After the two visits, his picture of a fall vs. spring signing would come into better focus. Clarity came even sooner for Fields after Gonzaga pulled his official visit.
"I was kind of stunned when they told me. I was surprised," he relates. "We had a home visit and the date all set up."
Fields told The Bootleg in early September that the Zags would bring him on a visit as part of a small pool they were still recruiting in the 2006 class:
"Gonzaga says that they have three offers and four guys they are looking at. They'll bring us all on visits, and we'll see."
They brought in three recruits one weekend in September, netting a commitment from 6'4" combo guard Matt Bouldin but missing on the other two. Fields understood an opportunity to still await him in Spokane (Wash.) until a phone call changed the math.
"They said that my scholarship lies with Adam Morrison, and they're not sure if he goes or stays," the recruit repeats. "They said that they don't want to bring me up to visit without a scholarship."
Gonzaga's prolonged scholarship assessment of Fields will push his recruitment past the early signing period, which alleviates some of the possible pressure that could have weighed against his waiting on Stanford. While having an official visit weekend pulled was not on Fields' wish list, he sees a silver lining.
"I'm going to sign in the spring now," he declares. "I'm pretty OK with that because now there is not as much pressure waiting on just Stanford - I'm waiting on Gonzaga, too."
While his Spokane sojourn has been indefinitely postponed, Fields is moving ahead with his Stanford official visit this weekend. He is scheduled to fly up to the Bay Area on Thursday evening. He comes on campus Friday morning, with his 48 hours carrying him through Sunday morning.
"The last time I was up there for camp, it was all basketball. Now I get to see campus life," Fields says. "I'm looking forward to seeing what student life is like at Stanford."
A few weeks ago, Trent Johnson made an in-home visit with the Los Alamitos standout and made the case for the Cardinal.
"He made it clear that Stanford would be a great option for me. He presented a clear case," Fields offers. "He didn't really have to push too much what I need to do academically. He knows and I know that I'm self-motivated and have strong support at home."
To that end, the high school senior has put in a good deal of work thus far in his final fall semester at Los Alamitos High, both in the classroom and in his SAT preparation at home. Fields is currently pulling down "all A's" in his senior slate of classes, while he took the standardized test for the second time on October 8 and is prepared to take it again in December if needed.
"I felt a lot more prepared. I took classes and studied a lot. I felt like I knew what was going to be on the test, and it was just a matter of executing the problems," Fields comments. "I'm waiting on the SAT score and pretty much trying to get into Stanford right now."
And if he can gain admission to The Farm after the fall semester?
"Stanford is Stanford," he replies. "If I can get in, then that's something I really want to look at. That's pretty much where I'd want to go."
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