SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Evan Fields, one of the top 2017 recruits in Oklahoma, used a weekend visit to the Northwest Arkansas area to get a good look at what the University of Arkansas has to offer.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound 3-star safety took an unofficial visit to the Razorbacks’ campus and football facilities Friday with his Midwest City (Oklahoma City, Okla.) High School teammates and came away impressed.
“I like (Arkansas) a lot,” Fields said. “It’s pretty cool. Coach Robb Smith, the defensive coordinator, he’s come out and visited me at school.
“If they were to offer, they’d be pretty high.”
Fields and his teammates are in the area for the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 tournament hosted by Shiloh Christian High School (Springdale, Ark.). He did not participate in the competition because of a minor wrist injury.
“Oh, this is nothing,” Fields said. “I could’ve played out here, but (my coaches) wanted me to go ahead and sit out.”
Fields has offers from 11 FBS schools — including Arizona State and Kansas State. He’s yet to narrow down his top choices.
“I was going to maybe try and do a top five next month,” Fields said. “But really, I’ve just been enjoying it.”
Primarily recruited as a safety, his position at Midwest City, Fields potentially could develop into an outside linebacker with exceptional athleticism. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
“I prefer safety, but if someone wanted to make me into a linebacker I would do it,” Fields said. “My 40 time doesn’t really say linebacker, but I could do it.
“It doesn’t really matter to me where I play. It could be linebacker, safety or corner. I’ll do whatever.”
Fields has plans to visit Memphis and Kansas State before practices for his senior season begin in August.
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