St. Frances All-Metro wide receiver Randy Fields committed to play football at West Virginia, announcing his decision on Twitter on Sunday with a photo of himself in a Mountaineers uniform.
“Country Roads Take Me Home. #TakeMeHome18 #Committed,” Fields wrote.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior is ranked No. 23 in Maryland’s high school Class of 2018 by the recruiting website Rivals.com. He’s rated a three-star recruit by 247sports.com and scout.com.
He said he had about a dozen offers but did not narrow down a Top 5 before opting to play in Morgantown.
“It’s a family atmosphere. I felt it was the best fit,” Field said of West Virginia. “I loved the coaches. They made me feel at home. I felt like it was overall the best place for me. Not too far from home — my family can come out and see me play. I also had, from my previous high school [Eastern Christian], David Sills, Daikiel Shorts and Wendell Smallwood. Those are all guys I learned from growing up.”
Last fall, as No. 1 St. Frances went from winless in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2015 to undefeated A Conference champion, Fields caught 61 passes for 995 yards and 13 touchdowns. He scored four touchdowns in the midseason 34-20 win over then-No. 1 McDonogh, catching 13 passes for 210 yards.
Panthers coach Henry Russell said Fields is a good fit for the Mountaineers offense.
“Randy is a very talented receiver who does a couple things real well,” Russell said. “He knows how to get open, which may sound easy but a lot of receivers find ways not to be open, so he knows how to get open, whether it’s zone or man coverage. And Randy has some of the best hands I’ve seen on any receiver we’ve ever coached in high school. He catches everything, and he’s extremely reliable.”
Fields, who agrees he’ll fit well into the Mountaineers’ spread offense, said he wanted to commit before the high school season starts. The Panthers and the rest of the MIAA A Conference teams begin practice Thursday.
“That was my main goal, but I didn’t know if I was going to. I went with the flow,” Fields said, “but I think it was smarter to commit before the season, so I could get a feel for somebody’s program and start to get established. I need to feel comfortable with it so I can come in and contribute fast.”
He said it takes some pressure off his senior year, but not all of it.
“You still want to go out and win everything and finish with a bang with the memories and your teammates, because you never get high school back, but still it does take a little burden off your shoulders.”