In the immediate aftermath of a junior day visit to Austin, Tulsa (Okla.) Union safety Patrick Fields included the Texas Longhorns among his top three schools on Monday evening:
With a decision planned within the week, the 6’0, 190-pounder is coming to a critical junction of his recruitment.
In a good sign for the ‘Horns, the weekend visit made an impression on Fields.
“It definitely did,” Fields told Burnt Orange Nation as to whether the visit sparked more interest in Texas. “Seeing the mentality of their coaches, their facilities, campus, academic opportunities and all the connections you can establish coming out of Texas, it's hard not to buy in.”
Fields also said that he plans on making another trip to Texas at some point during the spring or summer, though it wasn’t clear whether that means he plans on taking visits after his commitment.
Crystal Ball predictions made for Fields last summer projected him to stick with in-state Oklahoma, but there is now perceived momentum in favor of Texas, with two predictions for the Longhorns in the last two weeks.
A consensus three-star prospect, Fields is ranked as the No. 577 prospect nationally, the No. 49 safety, and the No. 9 player in Oklahoma, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.