Union High School’s Patrick Fields has officially signed with the University of Oklahoma. The standout safety also received offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Arkansas among others.
Union Head Coach Kirk Fridrich was impressed not only by Fields’ athleticism but his leadership, calling him a “coach on the field”.
“He’s a great cover guy. Great hips,” said Fridrich, “Very smooth athlete and also a very smart kid in how he plays the game. For us he was kind of a coach on the field and that will give him a great advantage moving forward.”
Choosing Oklahoma was easy for Patrick because of the great feeling of comfort he felt on his visits to the school. “Every single time I go down there, I feel like a part of the family. I don’t even feel like I’m away from home.”
Patrick is aiming high. He’s graduating early and will enroll at OU for the spring semester. He’s interested in entrepreneurship, and sees football going hand in hand with school.
He wants his enterprising example to help show a way forward for younger members of his family.
“You know it just means so much especially to my younger cousins, showing them that they can do it and kind of change our family traditions with the things me and my brother are doing. He’s a student athlete at Cornell, so we’re kind of trying to change the tradition of our family and open up the doors and show the younger cousins and siblings that they can really do this.”
Patrick, the next chapter begins now –
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 20, 2017