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El Paso RB Josh Fields on Texas Tech's Radar

El Paso Americas standout running back Josh Fields recaps his recent visit to the South Plains and discusses his overall recruitment. Red Raider special teams coach Joe Robinson (pictured above) is leading his recruitment.

The Red Raiders are starting to make a concerted effort to dig up talent in El Paso with newly hired special teams coordinator Joe Robinson leading the charge. 

For example, El Paso Americas running back Josh Fields visited Texas Tech during spring ball earlier this month along with teammate Kolton Lindeman, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker.

Fields rushed for 1,658 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 13 catches for 155 yards and a score in 13 games as a junior last season. That is after rushing for 1,016 yards and 10 scores and hauling in seven passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in 10 games as a sophomore the year prior.

The Scout three-star prospect rated as the No. 11 running back in Texas, who holds offers from UTEP and New Mexico, told in an interview Sunday that he is very interested in the Red Raiders and detailed his visit to Texas Tech’s campus.

Raider Power: First off, I saw you visited earlier this month. How'd the visit go? What did you do? Who'd you visit with? Break it down for me.

Fields: It was a good visit. I went with my teammate Kolton Lindeman. We got a chance to watch the spring practice and watch our position coaches. The special teams coach (Joe) Robinson showed us around to see the uniforms, weight room,  trophy room and the stadium.  I also had a chance to briefly talk to Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and Coach (DeShaun) Foster.

Raider Power: What was your favorite part of the visit? Did anything stand out?

Fields: My favorite part of the visit was the stadium. I remember watching Michael Crabtree score the game winning TD against Texas. It was cool getting a chance to actually see the stadium.

Raider Power: How long has Tech been recruiting you? Which coach is leading your recruitment? 

Fields: Coach Robinson came down to my school two months ago and we have been communicating with each other. He is planning to come to see me when we start spring ball.

Raider Power: When does your spring ball begin?

Fields: It starts in May.

Raider Power: What's your relationship with Coach Robinson like? How often do you talk?

Fields: I have a good relationship with Coach Rob. He has been honest with me through the recruiting process. We talk almost every week.

Raider Power: What is he saying about Tech's recruitment of you? Has he talked about a possible offer and how they see you possibly fitting in at Tech?

Fields: He said they are looking at offering when they come up to see me. We haven't talked about how I would fit but I feel like I contribute in any way they need me to.

Raider Power: You mentioned you got to meet Coach Foster on the visit. What was he like?

Fields: He is very energetic, always challenging the running backs to stay uptempo. He has a lot of knowledge of the game as well.

Raider Power: I haven't seen you play in person, but watched some highlights and liked your acceleration and ability to cut back against the grain for big plays. But highlights only show so much.

Describe yourself as a rusher and player.

Fields: I feel like I am complete player. I  can run between the tackles, make people miss, run people over, line up in the slot and catch the ball and return back punts and kicks.  I am a competitor and I feel like I am one of the best RBs in the country but my location affects me.

Raider Power: Yeah, you're probably right about the location. Do you have any favorites? Who did you grow up rooting for?

Fields: Lately I've been a Boise state fan because my brother played there but now I really like Texas Tech and their offensive ability to put up points.  I also like Oklahoma with their RBs (Semaje) Perine and (Joe) Mixon.

Raider Power: What other schools are you hearing from?

Fields: I am hearing from Stanford, Michigan State, Texas State and Colorado lately.

Raider Power: What's your current height, weight and most accurate 40 time?

Fields: I am 5-foot-9, 190 and I run a 4.5.

Raider Power: Alright, this is good stuff. Is there anything I'm missing or anything you'd like to add?

Fields: No sir thank you!

Raider Power: Thank you for your time and holler at me if you have any updates with Tech or your overall recruitment.

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