Tuesday, Kansas State extended an offer to Tony Fields II, a graduate transfer linebacker from Arizona that recently placed his name in the transfer portal.
Blessed to receive a offer from Kansas State Univetsity. pic.twitter.com/xkDuFeCHQ0— Tony Fields II (@T_Fields1) July 22, 2020
Fields is a 6’2, 220 pound tackling machine originally out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a surprise late addition to the transfer portal and every school with an unclaimed scholarship is trying to get an audience with him, and for good reason.
Career Stats At Arizona
2017 (True Freshman)
Tackles For Loss: 7.5
Tackles For Loss: 4.5
Tackles For Loss: 5
How Does He Fit?
Fields is a plug and play linebacker who would immediately step into a starting role with Kansas State. If you’re not offering a guaranteed starting spot, Fields isn’t coming to your school. He contemplated entering the 2020 draft, but decided to put one more year of film together in a different defense.
Adding Fields to Elijah Sullivan and either Daniel Green or Justin Hughes (both would still see plenty of snaps) would give the Wildcats one of the best linebacker groups in the Big 12 and potentially the nation. It would also provide the defense with much needed depth at linebacker.
What Are The Chances?
Kansas State is the most recent team to throw their hat into the ring, and they’ve got punchers chance. The staff can sell a starting job next to other experienced linebackers in an aggressive defense. The Wildcats have a stable coaching situation and would allow Fields to put his film together without worrying about outside distractions. If you want a 6 month football boot camp to prepare for the NFL, Manhattan, Kansas is the perfect spot to put your head down and focus.
I have no idea if Fields is interesting in Kansas State, but I love what this scholarship offer says about Coach Klieman’s roster management. Keeping at least one roster slot open for an impact grad transfer is ideal in the current college football climate. You want to be in a position to make a move like this without worrying about where to find a scholarship.
If you don’t land a transfer, you can always give a deserving walk-on a one year scholarship.
I’ll keep you updated on Fields. He’s running out of time to make a move. I expect a decisions within the next two weeks.