June 20, 2008

Fields hoping for ASU offer following camp

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) running back Arby Fields was one of the top two-way prospects on hand at Sunday's Arizona State Maroon and Gold Camp. A powerfully built 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, Fields was one of the fastest and most explosive athletes at the camp and he has the ability to play running back or cornerback in college. But he stood out for his work on offense while at ASU.

"I was with the running backs and I felt real confident being there," Fields said. "The running backs coach was real nice and it seemed like he liked me and was trying to get me in there with ASU. It was great to get a feel for what it's like to be in a high level program. I thought I did very well; all the drills and one-on-ones were good.

"As far as the school, man, ASU, there is no place like it. "It was hot but I love hot. I'll take hot over cold any day. Coach Erickson was real nice and coach Lubick I really like. All the coaches were nice and I couldn't have asked for a better time. It was the first time I've been to ASU and I'd heard great things but it lived up to it. They have a nice big stadium, the facilities are great and the indoor facility is coming and that will be nice too."

About one month ago, Fields ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the National Football Foundation San Bernardino County Live Action and Combine with a time of 4.45 seconds. But Fields has the power to match his speed. He has put up a squat of 550 pounds, and a max benchpress of over 300 pounds.

A number of schools have taken note of Fields this spring, and he has picked up offers from Colorado State, Idaho State, Nevada, Northwestern and Washington State. Considering his upcoming schedule, if he continues to perform as he did on Sunday , that list could grow.

"ASU was my first team camp," Fields said. "On the 22nd I'll be at Cal, the 23rd and 24th I'll be at Stanford and the 25th and 26th I'll be at USC. "I'm really interested in those schools, they are telling me they are interested in me. I'm excited about it. I want to go to these camps and hopefully make my decision not too long after that."

Fields said that ideally, he'd like to be able to commit to a program before the beginning of his senior season.

"I would really like to," he said. "This recruiting process is hard. "I wanted to go to camps and get a feel for some of these schools. The camps I'm going to are the least expensive ones I can go to financially so my mom tried to get me to the closest ones that were also really good. I appreciate that. If I could I would go to 20 camps, but we can't do that.

"What I'd like to do is see these other schools when I go for camps and then make my decision before the season starts. If it doesn't happen it doesn't but it gets tough at times, and I just want to relax for my senior year, focus on the team and having a good season."

Fields said that he wants to play at a high level and competition is something he thrives on rather than shy away from.

"It would be nice to go to ASU or another top school like that," Fields said. "I was there at the camp with Cameron Marshall and that was a good thing. I like ASU recruiting other guys like myself who want to win a national championship. ASU should settle for nothing less than the players they think are the best and I want to be a part of a program that wants that. I just hope to get that chance."

"Coach Lubick has been great. He's a great guy, just laid back, but he knows a lot about the game and I like him as a coach. I know ASU will give me a fair opportunity to get a scholarship and I hope I do get one because that's a school I could really see myself seriously considering going to."

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