May 19, 2012

Speedy CB picks up offer from the Black Knights

Ask any Speed, Strength & Conditioning coach, and they will tell you that even with the best techniques and tools, you can't teach speed ... either you have or you don't.

And one position, that Army is looking to upgrade in the speed & quickness category is at cornerback.

As such, caught up with cornerback Bryon Fields, who has just completed running the 100M, 200M & 400M for the NCISAA 3A state title qualifying heats.

Fields' times in all three events have the prospect out of Charlotte (NC) Providence Day High School running in Saturday's state Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association championship finals' showdown ... leaving very little time for rest and recovery.

The 5-foot-10, 168 pound speedster, took time out between events during Friday's preliminaries to bring us up to date with his overall recruiting, as he kicked it off by naming this three current offers. "I have offers from Army, Navy and Wofford.

Prior to this weekend's events, Fields' best time was recorded time in the 100M was an impressive 10.8, although according to the cornerback himself, his best event is the 400M..

So it was three ago that he received his first offer, which came from Army. "That was my first offer and it was a surprised. "My coach (Bruce Hardin) called me down to the office and Coach Coaxum was there," recalls Fields.

"I spoke with him and he told me about the academy (West Point). I was just taking it all in, but he hadn't offered yet. So I went back to my class and he took time to watch my film. They came in found me in class actually and he offered me on the spot. I was surprised, but relived to get that first one out of the way. I had a lot of interest at that point, but no one had pulled the trigger yet. I told him I was very interested and that I appreciate the offer."

In addition to his three offers, Fields, who maintains a 4.1 GPA (weighted) - three AP classes, shared that he has other pursuers. "Duke has already called and come by," he said. "They want me to come up to their camp. Virginia came by yesterday and they seem pretty interested, Wake Forest seems pretty interested, Vanderbilt came by and I've talked to them on the phone as well."

The soon to be senior is now what you would call a seasoned high school defender, although that is not where he envisioned himself playing in high school.

"Actually it's a funny story because I came into my school my freshman year as a quarterback, which I played my whole life," states Fields. "But the DC at the time told me I was going to be starting on varsity at corner. He just threw me into the fire {chuckling}."

Fields 5 interceptions and approximately 45 tackles in 2011, are a reflection his ability as a corner and why school are starting to take notice, as is the senior Fields.
"My dad he's loving this whole recruiting process and was more excited than I was when I got the offer from Army. But right now we are taking everything in stride," states the cornerback.

During his sophomore year he played all cornerback and in 2011 he played safety, although it appears most schools view his as a Division I cornerback.

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