Both South Carolina’s baseball and football programs have extra reason to celebrate this July 4th.
The Gamecocks earned a 2020 baseball commitment from two-sport athlete Brandon Fields of Orlando on Tuesday night. Fields stars at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando as an outfielder as well as a running back. He plans to play both sports at USC.
— Brandon Fields (@Bfeazy24) July 4, 2018
Fields visited USC during a baseball home weekend in March, where he met with both Will Muschamp and Mark Kingston to discuss both programs. If Fields does decide to go through playing both sports, he would be on a football scholarship and play baseball as a walk-on. At this point, however, he counts as a baseball scholarship for the ’20 class.
Of course, he may never show up at USC because he should command a high-level draft selection in the 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Here’s a scouting report on Fields the outfielder by PerfectGame which scouted him Tuesday at the 17u WWBA National Championship:
“Looks every bit the part of the two-way player that he is. However, Fields is not just a raw athlete that fills out a uniform, he really knows how to play the game. Fields does everything well, as he is an average runner and looks good in center field where he projects to stay for the long haul. His arm is a weapon, and when he fully gets behind his throws it grades out as plus and is accurate. Fields also has plus raw strength in his swing, hitting a huge double to the center field wall as well as a pop fly that had a hang time of 5.96-seconds. The sky is the limit for this young man, and when it is time for him to concentrate on baseball full-time, his skills and acumen should grow quickly.”
According to stats compiled by MaxPreps, last season for Dr. Phillips Fields batted .359 with 3 homers and 23 RBIs. He also had 27 stolen bases and committed just 1 error. In football, he only had 58 carries for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns.
USC leveraged a connection with the father of recently-drafted Gamecocks outfielder Carlos Cortes, as Cortes’ father serves as Fields’ hitting instructor.
For football, Fields would give the Gamecocks their fourth commitment in the 2020 football class, and their second running back joining Mecose Todd of Georgia.