It's quite a trek from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Fordham's campus in the Bronx (NY), but Brandon Fields felt at home with the Rams.
"After the visit to Fordham, I felt it was the place for me," said Fields. "I felt good talking to Coach (Joe) Moorhead. I met the president of the school. It felt like family at Fordham.
"Some schools (like Tulane) wanted me to possibly switch positions, but Fordham wants me to be the quarterback to lead their team in the future. They have a top-notch educational program. Fordham is in the top 50 schools in the nation with academics, and it's awesome that I'm going to get the chance to play quarterback and attend school there. I'm majoring in pre-law, and Fordham has the 29th-ranked law school in the nation (if Fields decides to pursue his J.D. at the same school)."
Fields' father, Cleo Fields, is a prominent attorney and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"My dad told me to just make sure I made the right decision," said Fields. "He accompanied me on the trip to Fordham - and is comfortable with my decision. My dad and I are close and we talk every day. We're supposed to go fishing this week in the Lake Charles area."
What did Cleo Fields have to say about his son's commitment to Fordham?
"It's a long way from home, but I support him 100%," said dad. "In my opinion, Brandon is going to a top-notch school where he'll be a true student-athlete."
Fields hopes to lead St. Michael, a private Class 4A school located in south Baton Rouge, to a deep run in the 2012 playoffs.