USC offered receiver Shay Fields last month and there was immediate speculation that the Trojans would be tough to beat, even though he was still committed to Boise State at the time. Fields opened up his recruitment on Tuesday and said he could make a quick decision and that’s just what he did.
“USC was always my dream school,” Fields said. “The opportunity to play in my hometown in front of my family and friends was real big to me. USC doesn’t have any receiver commitments and the depth chart is pretty wide open for me as well.
“It’s a great school with incredible tradition and I’ve been watching them my whole life. I know they don’t have a head coach right now but that wasn’t really a factor for me. It's USC, I know they’ll bring in a great coach and I’m confident Tee Martin, who recruited me, will be staying on the staff so that’s big for me. They're only taking two receivers in this class, so I wanted to make sure I grabbed one of those spots as well. ”
Fields is having a big senior season for one of the nation’s top programs. Through seven games, he has 44 catches for 799 yards and nine touchdowns while only playing in the second half of two games due to blowouts.
At about 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, Fields is lightning quick and very explosive. He can get in and out of his breaks, is already an advanced route runner and knows the game very well. His uncle and WR coach at Bosco is former Cal standout Brian Treggs, so Fields plays with a high understanding of how to play the position.
He knows how to get open and how to use to his speed. He’s already very polished, has soft hands and runs well after the catch. He’s a legitimate deep threat with the speed to stretch a defense. He's also a high character kid with a great work ethic and will represent the University very well.
Fields is the second player from Bosco to commit to the Trojans joining defensive end Malik Dorton. Offensive lineman Damien Mama, defensive back Jaleel Wadood, junior quarterback Josh Rosen and junior offensive lineman Zach Robertson all have offers from the Trojans as well and Fields said he'll definitely be working on his teammates.
"I would love to play with those guys in college," Fields said. "They're great players and good friends so I'll definitely be doing my best job to try and recruit them over to my side as well."