Notre Dame is wrapping up one of the most important recruiting weekends in this recruiting cycle this morning. As we all wait for any official news on commitments – or on the reverse any dreaded eliminations – it at least looks like one visitor had a great time. Safety recruit Evan Fields was pretty active on Twitter throughout his trip with several posts about his time in South Bend.
Fields posted the tweet below after wrapping up his visit to Notre Dame. 0
Evan Fields is considered to be one of the top recruits on the board remaining for Notre Dame given their need at safety. As an uncommitted recruit, Fields may represent one of the better bets for the Notre Dame coaching staff at the moment as well. Unlike with Russ Yeast (Louisville) or Jordan Genmark-Heath (Cal), Notre Dame isn’t battling for a recruit that is currently committed elsewhere.
Fields’s visit looked like it got off to a good start as well with the following picture showing up on his Tweeter feed shortly after arriving on campus on Friday.
Adding Fields to this year’s class would be a great addition given the decommitments of Elijah Hicks and Paulson Adebo in recent weeks. Notre Dame has spots to fill in the secondary and Fields is right atop the staff’s board along with fellow weekend visitors Tre Norwood, Russ Yeast and Jordan Genmark-Heath. Yeast, however, could play either wide receiver or corner.
Ok, now for the bad news. While Fields posted a lot of positive things during his visit, he also posted that he received an offer from Stanford this weekend. Ten years ago that wouldn’t have been a big deal. It’s not ten years ago though and an offer from Stanford has become one of the most dreaded things to see for a top Notre Dame prospects these days. It’s an indication not only of how far the Notre Dame program has fallen off, but also how much Stanford has risen over the last decade.
Notre Dame has been putting in a lot of work here though. Both Mike Elston and Mike Elko have had in-home visits with Fields over the last two weeks before his official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. Perhaps an in-home from Brian Kelly is in order this week to help the Irish close in here.
Evan Fields Announcement Set
Fields is set to announce his decision next Monday, January 30th at 10:30 AM CT and lists his final six as Notre Dame, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, TCU, and Kansas State. Arizona State is considered the biggest threat to Notre Dame here although now it remains to be seen if Stanford can make a late push. Look for Notre Dame to keep on Fields a lot this week to try and secure his commitment and eventual signature on Signing Day.