Your first car, your first kiss, or maybe even your first trip to a professional sporting event. Those are all major milestones that, for the most part, we all share. However, 2021 running back/defensive back Nickel Fields just experienced a first that very few of us ever will.
— Nickel Fields (@nfields_2) April 25, 2018
When Syracuse offered Fields on Wednesday, it was the first time that had ever happened to the 5-foot-8 running back. Don’t let his size fool you, Fields has the capability to compete at the highest level of college football, which is why SU decided to offer him during his freshman year. Fields’ brother, Bryon, just finished up his redshirt-senior season at Duke as a defensive back.
This offer gives Dino Babers and the Orange a chance to do something they rarely do with prized recruits: stay at the top of Fields’ desired destinations. You’d assume being someone’s first offer would mean a lot to recruits, and the Charlotte, NC native confirmed that.
“It just seems unreal to me right now,” said Fields. “This definitely means a lot to me coming from a program like Syracuse.”
Even though Syracuse hasn’t had the strongest program over the past several seasons, it’s great to see players like Fields appreciate the history of SU Football. At the end of the day, young athletes dream of playing sports at the next level, and the Orange have given Fields the first true opportunity to do that.
“I would like to thank Syracuse football for being the first one to make a dream become a reality,” Fields told the Fizz via text message.
Ask any college football coach to describe the recruiting process, and they’ll likely respond with one thing: recruiting never stops. This is great news for Syracuse football fans that the Orange is getting out in front on 2021 targets like Fields, who will surely get plenty of other offers from power-five programs.
Fields plays at Providence Day, the same school as 2020 five-star receiver Porter Rooks, who SU offered last month.