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Just announced at the Nike Opening Regionals in Dallas, 3-star safety Patrick Fields has verbally committed to Oklahoma. Fields is a talented in-state prospect out of 6A powerhouse, Tulsa Union, and a name the Sooners have been after since offering last July.
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Fields is a consensus 3-star prospect, ranked 51st at his position and 9th in the state according to 247Sports. He becomes the 4th commitment in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class which moves them up to 11th in the nation — just behind the Kansas Jayhawks (pretty crazy).
Oklahoma’s strong ties to the Tulsa Union program pay off again. Fields joins Jeffery Mead and Tre Brown on the list of Union stars that head to Norman. What jumps out on film early is like Tre Brown, Fields has tremendous cover skills. A fluid runner with quick hips, Fields is able to go step-for-step with his guy in man-coverage. He does a nice job covering double moves, keeping his eyes on the hips and not the eyes, feet, or shoulders. His footwork looks raw, but isn’t bad. A little bit of polish and Fields will be competitive with some of the best in 2018.
Short video from today’s Opening Regionals shows off some of Patrick Field’s quickness.
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Instincts are another big thing here. Fields does a nice job of making a break on the ball at just the right times. You will see that on full display when he is playing a true safety position in the middle to late parts of his film.
As far as size, Fields (6’0) is right there in terms of what you want in the Big 12. A guy that can hold his own against the run, but small enough to play with quick, twitchy wide receivers you see week-to-week in conference play.
The Sooners are looking to again dominate in-state recruiting early in this cycle, and Fields is a big part of this plan. If you’re a person that is concerned with rankings, Fields is only going to be climbing that ladder as the summer comes around. Camps like the Nike Regionals are going to be his best friend, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make big strides from camp to camp. Rankings aside, Fields is exactly what Oklahoma is looking for. Mike Stoops’ and Kerry Cooks know what kind of guys they need to make their system work, and found Fields early on. Fields also starts off what could be a big month for the Sooners.