Fields waits on meeting with Sarkisian

2014 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Shay Fields checked in Tuesday at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. He addressed his recruiting situation at USC...

The roller coaster season inside the USC football program has mirrored the recruitment of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco receiver Shay Fields.

Fields started the season committed to Chris Petersen at Boise State.

But then, USC fired coach Lane Kiffin to end September, made Ed Orgeron the interim head coach, and in return -- Fields picked up a scholarship offer from USC -- his "dream school".

Days after receiving the offer from Orgeron and receivers coach Tee Martin, Fields decided to decommit from Boise State and flip his commitment to USC.

Fields, like many USC players and recruits, was hoping Orgeron would be retained as head coach at the end of the season. "It was kind of hard especially since I was committed with Tee Martin and Coach O," Fields explained, "but once he left it was okay to just have Tee Martin."

USC hired Washington coach Steve Sarkisian to take over the Trojans' program. Sarkisian has since retained Martin, but there seems to be some confusion whether or not Sarkisian wants keep Fields as a commit.

Fields tells Scout he's only had one conversation with Sarkisian and it took place within days of him accepting the Trojans' job.

"It was just him basically saying I'm glad to be back and just glad to be a Trojan," Fields explained. "He said he can't wait to meet me and he can't wait to coach me."

That's all Fields' has heard from Sarkisian and his new staff, though he says Martin continues to contact him.

"He's just basically saying he wants me to get up there and meet Sarkisian," Fields said. "He's basically saying come meet him first and then make a decision."

That decision -- is whether or not Fields will remain committed to USC. He says it's true, USC told him to keep his options open and look around at other programs, while saying he still has a scholarship offer to USC.

"I'm basically just want to meet Sark first and talk to him to see if this is all true and just make a decision after that," Fields explained.

Fields says the process has turned frustrating, but says he'll "be okay".

"I always knew that if a new coaching staff comes in and they weren't recruiting you that it would be kind of hard to keep your scholarship."

Fields will take an official visit to Colorado on Jan. 17 and follow it up with an official to California on Jan. 24. He says he's going into both visits with an open mind, but did say of the two schools he's favoring Colorado because of his potential role on the team. "I know they have the new coaching staff and they are trying to change it around and this is their first year, and just basically they're saying I can come in and be the next Paul Richardson," Fields explained. "They continued to recruit me, they let me know they still want me to come and they're not going to give up."

At California, Fields says he may have to redshirt his freshman season. "They're basically saying I can come and worst case scenario redshirt but I think I can actually play a lot bit and either be a slot or outside," he said.

"Right now I'm solid [to USC] until I actually talk to Sark and then if these officials do make me change my mind I'll make a decision."

There is no date set for Fields to meet with Sarkisian.

Fields will play Sunday in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. The game kicks off at 6 pm PT and will are live on FOX Sports 1.

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