With Gators offers, 2-sport star Brandon Fields closer to dream – Orlando Sentinel (blog)
When Brandon Fields and Stephen Dix saw Dr. Phillips High running backs coach Riki Smith walk in the locker room on Tuesday with Florida head coach Jim McElwain and receivers coach Kerry Dixon, Fields said they both “started cheezin.”
Smith would eventually relay the news to the two 2020 prospects that the Gators wanted both of them and their cheezy grins would get even bigger knowing they had football scholarship offers from the Florida Gators.
“They walked in and me and Stephen were like, ‘Oh snap, that’s Florida,’ ” said Fields, who had already been offered a scholarship to play baseball at Florida, so the football offer put him a huge step closer toward realizing a childhood dream.
He wants to play both baseball and football at the major-college level and for Florida looks to be willing to afford him the opportunity.
“It feels great. I was glad to see some love from Florida,” Fields said. “I’ve always wanted to do two sports. My role model has always been Bo Jackson … I’ve always just wanted to play two sports since when I was a kid.
“Now that I have offers from [Florida] to play both baseball and football, I just feel great. It was in the back of my head and I was like, ‘When is it gonna come, when is it gonna come.’”
Fields’ first baseball scholarship offer came from Miami when he was in eighth grade.
His high school baseball career got off to a great start last year before he broke his wrist during the district championship game. As a freshman he hit .347 (28-of-81) and had 20 RBI, four doubles, a triple and scored 18 runs.
The injury kept him off the football field during the spring, but he’s having a fine sophomore season,