Michigan could be looking at its next two-sport athlete in Dr. Phillips running back, centerfielder star Brandon Fields.
2020 Two-Sport Athlete Brandon Fields Breaks Down Michigan Offer
The next Bo?
Near the middle of April, Michigan linebackers coach Al Washington stumbled into Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips in search of 2020 three-star running back Brandon Fields and his teammate Stephen Dix, a 2020 three-star linebacker.
Fields and Washington first met that April day when the prospect was called into Dr. Phillips head coach Rodney Wells’ office.
Washington was wearing a polo shirt, stamped with a Michigan emblem.
“We saw him sitting in one of the chairs,” Fields said. “Stephen and I just smiled. We talked about Jabril Peppers, the tradition at Michigan, gear and what it takes to be a Wolverine.”
Fields, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound athlete, plays two sports at Dr. Phillips – baseball and football.
“(Washington and I) talked about what it takes to be a dual-sport athlete. He couldn’t believe we were only sophomores at the time. I got a caller earlier in June and had a discussion on different topics and he extended me an offer.”
The three-star has offers from Florida, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
Fields committed to South Carolina on July 3.
Florida, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisville, Clemson, LSU and Texas all have shown interest in Fields as a dual-sport athlete, which is his dream.
“One of my idols is Bo Jackson,” Fields said. “Playing two sports has been a long-time dream for me. The two-sport athlete has died throughout the years and I feel like kids should have as many opportunities as they can to succeed in the future. At the end of the day, it’s about having fun at any sport they play. Never let someone tell you that you can only play one sport.”
Believe it or not, Fields’ first love is baseball. He started playing when he was 11 years old and developed into a top outfield prospect.
“I started playing baseball before football,” he said. “I have been in contact with the Michigan baseball and football staff. They are fine with me doing two sports.
“Baseball is really my first love.”
Fields, when working in the outfield, usually plays centerfield. In the 2018 baseball season, he hit .359 with nine doubles, three home runs and 23 RBI in 24 games.
“Having quick twitch muscles in baseball translates in a way that helps me in football,” he added. “I feel like it would be a great fit at Michigan from a two-sport perspective. They have a great tradition in both football and baseball, stemming from Hall of Famers Barry Larkin and Tom Brady.”
In 13 games on the gridiron, Fields carried the ball 58 times for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns. He returned 4 kickoffs for 29 yards.
“I can beat you with my vision, elusiveness, agility, power, speed and motor,” Fields said of his football game. “If I had to model myself after a running back, it would be Ezekiel Elliot. My weakness is probably my endurance, but I want to work on it.”