Tuesday, October 8, 2013
3-star WR Fields Jr. hauls in USC offer
By Blair Angulo
Three-star receiver Shay Fields Jr. (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) piled up 145 receiving yards and four touchdowns Friday night with USC coaches Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron in attendance. Less than four days later, Fields hauled in something else: a surprise scholarship offer from the Trojans.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound prospect remains committed to Boise State following the new development, but he said the USC offer was meaningful in many ways.
"I saw them at my game last week and I was trying to impress them with my play," Fields said. "I was pretty excited when I found out from (St. John Bosco) coach (Jason) Negro they offered me. I see myself as one of the big-time guys and I work as hard as I can on the field. I grew up close to USC. My grandfather lives not too far from the campus. This lightens up my recruitment, though. Probably other Pac-12 schools will come offering, too."
Fields had not been in contact with USC, so the offer was somewhat of a shock. His father sent out a midseason highlight tape to a number of schools over the weekend and it was enough to warrant an offer from the Trojans.
Fields, the top target for the No. 1-rated quarterback in the 2015 class, Josh Rosen, has 583 receiving yards and eight touchdowns through five games. He has caught 26 passes despite sitting late in games due to lopsided scores.
"Right now, I'm still committed to Boise State," Fields said. "The only visit I have is to Boise. I'm going up there Oct. 19 when they play Nevada. I have not been to any USC games this year or any other games."
Fields, however, might visit the Coliseum on Thursday night for Orgeron's first game as interim head coach.
"I'd like them to hire a coach that knows what he's doing with both offense and defense," Fields said. "But most importantly, I want a coach that passes the ball."
Fields became the sixth St. John Bosco player to bag an offer from USC, joining Rosen, ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 athlete Jaleel Wadood, ESPN 300 defensive end Malik Dorton and 2015 offensive tackle Zach Robertson.
"It feels good to be recognized," Fields said. "We play well and are noticed as one of the top teams in the nation. We get publicity and all the scouts come in to check us out. It's great for us."