Oklahoma received its fourth commitment of the 2018 class when Tulsa Union safety Patrick Fields announced his intention to play collegiate football in Norman, choosing the Sooners over Texas and TCU. Fields is rated as a three-star prospect in the 247 Composite rankings and is listed as the No. 9 player in the state of Oklahoma.
The announcement came at The Opening in Dallas.
Patrick Fields @PatrickFields24 commits to #Sooners #ST2K18 #okpreps @scoutrecruiting @UnionFootball pic.twitter.com/axgGX0Bstj— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) March 5, 2017
I'm staying home... pic.twitter.com/0DM9oaOQU2— Patrick Fields (@PatrickFields24) March 5, 2017
Fields has held an offer from Oklahoma since last summer, so this commitment has seemed inevitable for some time. However, Tom Herman and Texas joined the party back in January and were able to get him to their Junior Day on Feb. 25. In the end, the draw of playing at OU was too much for the ‘Horns to overcome.
While Fields is only listed as a three-star prospect by most (if not all) services, he certainly has the upside to be a key contributor at Oklahoma down the road. I really like his ability to help out against the run, and his coverage ability is exceptional for someone who doesn’t necessarily have blazing speed.
Graham Dudley wrote last week about how a Texas victory in this recruiting battle would be a symbolic one for Tom Herman at Texas. And while Bob Stoops and his staff are certainly happy to win this one, they’re far from done battling Tom Herman and his staff. Oklahoma’s 2017 class demonstrated a clear re-commitment to recruiting the state of Texas at a high level, so we have PLENTY of OU-Texas recruiting battles to look forward to in the 2018 cycle.