When he decommitted from USC earlier this week because of concern about coaching staff stability, DB Mark Fields Jr. of Cornelius, NC didn’t close the door completely on the Gamecocks. Friday, he pushed the door a little more open tweeting that he will make an official visits with the Gamecocks January 24th. He will also visit Clemson January 17th. Texas was the other school Fields mentioned earlier in the week as a possible official visit.
“Just too much uncertainty and stuff like that,” is how Fields put it on Tuesday when he announced his decommitment. “I thought I’d let that play out and while that does I’ll continue to look elsewhere. South Carolina was a good situation for me but there are other good situations out there for me.”
Fields was concerned over Steve Spurrier’s comment made December 1st to Josh Kendall of The State that he was now working on a 2-3 years plan. After seeing four decommitments fall from the class in the days following that remark, Spurrier revised his plans saying on Wednesday that athletics director Ray Tanner was going to add another year to the four years he has left on his contact and that he’s now back on the 4-5 years plan.
Of the six decommitments overall the Gamecocks have suffered since October, Fields appears to be the only one that is still salvageable for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks have actually had two other scratches from their 2015 class. DE Chauncey Rivers would be their seventh decommitment, and WR Michael Bowman had his offer rescinded after being arrested for theft last summer.