Texas Tech secures commitment #15 in Taylor cornerback Demarcus Fields and the 5th defensive commit of the 2016 class. We’ve got comments, links, video and analysis.
|HIGH SCHOOL: Taylor (Taylor, TX)
|OFFERS: Texas State, Texas Tech
|CUMULATIVE RANKING: N/A
|PROFILE DATE: June 13, 2015
The Player Speaks: RedRaiderSports Will McKay reports that Fields committed because of the coaches and relationships:
“I decided to commit because of the coaches,” Fields said. “We’ve been looking at the school for two or three weeks, me and my mom have been breaking it down, this and that. I heard it’s pretty quiet out there and everything. I need to get away from home, from bad decisions and stuff and just focus on football and grades. I have a real good relationship with the coaches. They’ve been good to me. They keep up with me every day, send me stuff. I really like it.”
Wreck’Em 24/7’s Daniel Paulling also has some quotes from Fields (be forewarned there’s an auto-play video and I’m about to get to the point that I won’t link to things with auto-play videos, so please stop, it is 2015) and said he’s ready to make this magic thing happen:
“They told me, ‘We’re ready to see you,'” he said. “I said, ‘I’m ready to see y’all. Let’s go ahead and make it happen.'”
Scouting Report: The first thing that notice is that Fields has terrific size at cornerback. With Neiman Armstrong at the other cornerback spot, both guys are at 6’1″ and I’m guessing this is a trend. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s not a ton of technique, but you do get an idea that he has athleticism. Some players, like Armstrong, do have some pretty nice technique, but there’s not a lot of technique. I do think the quickness jumps off the film, especially as he jumps some routes and he’s got some really nice leaping ability.
Let’s go back to the idea that it looks like maybe Texas Tech is somewhat moving away from the smaller cornerbacks from two years ago. Last year, all three defensive backs were over six foot, Paul Banks, Jamile Johnson and Christian Taylor, and now Armstrong and Fields have terrific size as well. Maybe there are two things here, that cornerbacks are versatile enough to play safety at some point or play in a couple of different spots.
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