ROBBINSDALE– With our next recruiting report, we dive back into the Twin Cities metro and chat with another prospect that plays on the offensive side of the line. We chat with NFN prospect Delano Fields, who played his first year of Minnesota high school brand football last year after moving from Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he played at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School. We chatted with Fields about his 2019 season, his recruiting interest, and much more.
Get to Know Delano Fields
Delano was born in Minnesota, but has spent most of his life in South Dakota but made the move to Minnesota last year to play for Armstrong. He plays multiple positions on the line at guard and tackle, so much like Zender, he is versatile on where you can place him on the line. What stands out about Fields is his leadership, determination to never quit, and giving his all on every play. As far as his biggest strengths Fields would say he’s very physical with his play on the line and how coachable he is on the football field as he’ll take advice and criticism very well.
Favorite Part About the Ole Offensive Line
The “head to head” nature that offensive line brings every play is Delano’s all-time favorite about the position. Fields brought up a good point that offensive linemen are the reason why teams make big plays, which is very true. His other excellent point is ” I believe that the game of football starts with the OLine so if we mess up the play then the whole play is messed up,” Fields said to Northstar Football News in which is one of the best truths I’ve heard all year from offensive linemen I’ve talked to.
Fields has started his probable college football journey by receiving a large amount of junior day invites from programs in the Midwest, Northwest, and the East Coast. Those schools are Dakota Wesleyan (SD), Jamestown (ND), Concordia-Moorhead, Montana Tech, Williams College (MA), Montana Western, Grand View (IA), Mayville State (ND), Southwest Minnesota State, Bethel, and Minot State (ND). Fields said he’s looking for a school that suits him for football and school, as he knows he’s a student first and football player second. As for Delano Fields elevator pitch to the coaches, it was:
“My pitch to colleges is that they aren’t wasting their time recruiting me. I’m a player that gives my all and wants to help build a great football team in any way I can.”
Working for 2020
One of the biggest work on the Falcons coaching staff had for Delano, was staying low at all times. Fields have focused his team this season by lifting, getting more power in his lower body, and focusing on his stance. All of those items are already having to make a change in Field’s offensive linemen abilities.
Delano broke it down for us as having on the field mentors and off the field mentors which are both very important to have when you are trying to balance football with your everyday life. His football mentor is his brother, Alex who has had a great influence in his life. “He has pushed to be the person and man I am today on and off the field from the weight room to being a man and guiding me in life and I am truly grateful for him for believing in me and making me who I am,” Delano said about his big brother.
As for off the field, Delano credits his mom as she has done everything for Delano and has shaped him into the person he is today, and placed him in an excellent position in school and life.
Learning from 2019
Fields learned about his “grit attitude and growth mindset” in his junior season at Armstrong. He faced a lot of adversity last year and always found a way to keep his head up on and off the field.
Field’s goals for next year is to build off what he had in his junior season and to keep improving and become the best version of himself he can be. He knows he only controls what he can do, so he’ll be the “best player” he can be on the Falcons offensive line.
The first minute of Field’s junior tape would be enough for me to add him to my program in the 2021 season. The kid is a grinder on the line. (click here)