Sunday, November 3, 2013
Commit Fields helps team to league crown
By Blair Angulo
BELLFLOWER, Calif. -- High school football matchups are often anticlimactic, with top players avoiding other top players in an effort to maximize their impact.
But that was far from the case Friday night at Frank Ribotta Field, where St. John Bosco and Santa Ana Mater Dei faced off in a highly publicized Trinity League game that drew a standing-room-only crowd. With top prospects manning various positions, it was difficult for the stars avoid lining up against similar counterparts.
USC receiver commit Shay Fields Jr. (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) didn’t find the end zone Friday night in a dominant 24-2 victory for the home team, but his battles with Washington cornerback commit Jonathan Lockett were worth the price of admission alone. Fields had three receptions, all for first downs, and set a crucial block downfield on the game-changing touchdown.
And following a week of friendly chatter on social media and in the local newspapers, Lockett had some fun, too, intercepting 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen in the corner of the end zone as Fields could only watch. Rosen was frustrated with his own performance and Fields wasn’t necessarily happy about hauling in only three passes, yet a superior Bosco defense helped the Braves to their second consecutive league crown.
“It feels great, especially since we won it last year,” said Fields, who has piled up close to 1,000 receiving yards and 10 scores this season. “We were trying to repeat.”
Fields has more to feel great about after committing to the childhood favorite Trojans recently. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect might not have a long list of offers from top-flight programs like teammate and ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, but that only serves as motivation.
“It’s been a big influence because I want to show everybody why I deserve to have the USC scholarship,” Fields said. “Moving forward, I have to keep getting bigger to show everyone why I’m a USC commit.”
The former Boise State commit caught four touchdowns the night Ed Orgeron and Tee Martin stood on the sidelines watching St. John Bosco take out Los Angeles City Section powerhouse Crenshaw. Fields bagged a USC offer a few days later and it was an easy decision, even if two Boise State coaches showed support by attending the same game. Fields has drawn comparisons to fellow area speedsters Bryce Treggs (Cal) and Sebastian Larue (Texas A&M).
“The (USC coaches) have told me I’d be more of the speed receiver,” Fields said. “I would play the Marqise Lee role and they would give me the ball whenever it’s needed in quick positions.”
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the USC coaching position, Fields had no worries about switching his commitment. The hometown school had many other appeals.
“I know I’m walking into a great situation,” Fields said. “I can come in and fill in wherever I’m needed. … [I want] a coach that likes passing the ball, really. That’s what I would look for in a coach, and one that is enthusiastic and actually involved with the players.”
With Fields and ESPN 300 defensive end Malik Dorton in the fold, the Trojans have two commitments from two St. John Bosco standouts and are in pursuit of more. ESPN 300 athlete Jaleel Wadood, a Cal commit, had a rushing touchdown and an electric 60-yard carry Friday. He will monitor the coaching situation closely. Rosen, the top signal-caller in his class, also holds a USC offer and has dropped by the Coliseum on a number of occasions this season.
“I’m telling them we can all go in, help (USC) win more games and turn the program around,” Fields said.