The rugged 6-foot-5, 320-pound Field called Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood with his decision, and became the first member of Rutgers’ 2016 class.
“First of all, it’s a family feel at Rutgers,” Field said. “Everything is family; the fans, the players, the coaching staff. Second is the academics. Now going to the Big Ten, it’s the best academic and athletic conference. The chance to play for a championship at Rutgers is a thing for me.”
However, it was the feel inside the Rutgers program that made Field ready to make his decision.
“Everyone is so accepting,” he said. “I like all the camaraderie of the team, and the coaching staff supports you so much. It makes me feel like one of their players before I was one of their players. Now, I’m a future player.”
Field is raw power, but also incorporates athleticism into his game. He said he is working on a second-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art similar to Chinese kung fu.
“It teaches discipline, hand-eye coordination, balance and not to fear anyone,” Field said.
Field played last season at Glen Mills (Pa.) Garnet Valley, but recently transferred to Cardinal O’Hara, the home of former Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage.
Recently, the program was struck with tragedy when coach Dan Algeo died after suffering a heat attack. But advice Algeo gave to Field stood out, and helped aid in his decision.
“Before he passed away, he said scholarships are like girlfriends,” Field said. “He said it was great because you can have 30, 50, but you can only marry one girl, and once you find that girl, why not commit to her.
“I’ve been spending the last couple of months trying to find a place better than Rutgers, and recently I realized it’s not possible for me. I believe Rutgers is the place for me, so I committed.”
With the decision behind him, Field said he will now relax and not stress about recruiting. His next trip to campus will be Wednesday.
“It feels great, like a weight has been lifted,” he said, “and I can just focus on being a high school athlete and getting ready for college.”