October 16, 2008

Three-star back holds CSU offer

Playing NCAA Division I football is nothing new for Arby Fields' family. The 5'9", 195-pound three-star running back from Rancho Cucamonga (CA) has four uncles who played DI football including former USC safety Scott Fields and Darryl Lewis, who won the Jim Thorpe Award while at Arizona before a 12-year NFL career.

Fields has impressive number in both the classroom and the field, scoring a 4.0 GPA and a 22 on the ACT. On the practice field he has a 305-pound bench press, a 550 squat and a 4.35 time in the 40-yard dash. This season Fields' numbers on the field are showing off his versatility. Thanks to his 356 yards on the ground, 345 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this school Los Osos is 4-1, ranked fourth in the region and 12th in the Los Angeles area.

"We are wining ballgames," Fields said. "The one we lost we should have won. We are playing real well right now. We are very balanced as far as passing and running. It seems like everyone we play wants to put eight or nine in the box and blitz the heck out of us. The coach has done a good job of getting me the ball in space.

Fields' offers this season have come from Colorado State, Washington State, UNLV, Nevada-Reno, Northwestern, Duke and Idaho State. He is also getting plenty of mail from Cal, Stanford, Arizona State and Kansas.

Fields has not made any official visits as yet, but has been to Arizona State, Stanford, Cal and UCLA on unofficial visits. He hasn't put together a list of favorites yet, either, but does have an idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"It has to be a place that I wouldn't mind living," said Fields. "I am spending four years of my life there. The location of the school isn't a big factor. I would like to explore other parts of the United States. As far as picking a school, it will come down to my relationship with the coaches and my role with the team when I get there. How are they going to use me? Am I there to add depth or play a big part in the offense?"

Fields said Colorado State is a school he has heard plenty about and is looking forward to taking a visit to Fort Collins.

"I talk to coach Larry Lewis every week," said Fields. "He seems like a great guy. A friend of mine actually goes to CSU - Ryan Griffith - and he tells me it is a beautiful place. I definitely want to take an official visit to the campus and see the surroundings."

Fields said he wants to major in Business and wants to take it to a career as a venture capitalist or investor. The one thing he is investing in currently is the time it takes to make the right college choice and basing it on the school itself.

"My parents and I every night at the dinner table and we are going over everything we need to know about the school because we will have to have to make a decision pretty soon. I am not in a rush, I am going to weigh my options, take my visits and make sure I am making the right decisions," Fields said.

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