After originally committing and then decommitting from South Carolina, Cornelius, NC cornerback Mark Fields is officially a Clemson Tiger. Fields, a 4 star prospect from William Amos Hough was an excellent pickup after he decided to abandon the sinking S.S South Carolina.
Fields measures in at 5'11" and 190 pounds. He has a blazing fast 4.33 40 time according to 247 Clemson. Physically he has decent height for a cornerback, especially with the speed he exhibits. Weight wise he is probably ok where he is at, but the key is to make sure that weight is all muscle. He'll need the strength when he is going up against some of the more physical receivers in the ACC.
Once again Mike Reed came through on this one as the primary recruiter with Danny Pearman of all people as the secondary recruiter. I'm not sure how much of a role Pearman played in this one, but at least his name is associated with some good news for once. Fields had offers from South Carolina, LSU, Alabama, and Georgia as well.
QT'S Take: Fields just felt too good to be true here at the end. We landed everyone that we realistically wanted other than Zach Bailey (who we stayed on until the end). He was on my wish-list and was at the top of the CB board. Watching the USCjr class unravel was just sweet to watch unfold. Fields didn't want to play Safety, which is where USCjr had him slated, so he will be given every opportunity to stick at Corner.
Another guy who will compete for time in the 2-deep. With Mack likely headed for the NFL, we needed a solid piece to maintain this high level of play at corner. Having teammate Van Smith already committed certainly helped, along with the national profile of Alexander as an emergent star. This commitment is a product of having the number one overall class. Recruits are not buying that Clemson is only an offensive school.
Fields father played in the NFL so he has an advanced understanding of the position--things like zone concepts. Legit 4.3-4.4 speed. He is a physical tackler in run support. Mike Reed gets another good one (sorry Pearman, I'm not giving you much credit for this one...).