2024 Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra Top-100 cornerback Dakoda Fields was one of the priority visitors in Los Angeles this afternoon for USC’s spring game. I spoke with Fields after the event to get his thoughts on the day and what he saw.
Fields is the No. 89 overall prospect in the 2024 class, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 11 cornerback and the No. 11 recruit in the state of California.
“The spring game was really good,” Fields said. “There was some pretty nice players out there.”
Fields, who lives just down the road from USC, has visited more than five times, so he is no stranger to the Trojans or their coaches. But he was still keying in specific things.
“I wasn’t really looking for much since I’ve been there so many times now. I just wanted to see how the coaches interacted with the players and I know it was just a spring game so it wasn’t too serious but I still just wanted to see how they prepared and made adjustments during the game.”
I asked Fields if he was impressed with what he saw in those departments.
“Yes I was,” he said. “I couldn’t watch the entire game because we walked around the stadium at times, but for the most part I did really enjoy seeing the way the players were being coached.”
Fields previously told WeAreSC he is planning to take an official visit to USC. I would expect Oregon also gets one.
Fields tells me there are some other schools he wouldn’t mind getting to this summer, but did not detail who they were.
Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM)
The 6-foot-1.5, 175-pound defender holds 20 total offers. According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Oregon has a significant lead for his commitment at 89.7%. USC comes in at second place in the RPM.
To date, Oregon and USC are the only programs he has visited more than one time in his recruitment.
On3 NIL Valuation
Fields has an On3 NIL Valuation of $109K. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.
What to know about Dakoda Fields
Dakoda Fields grew up loving both football and track, and he excelled at both during his time at Gardena (California) Serra High School. In 2021, he played a role in helping Serra capture the CIF Division IA state championship. Plus, he was part of the 4×100-meter relay team that won the Southern Section Division IV and Masters title before finishing second in the state to Fresno Central. Through his first three seasons of varsity competition, Fields has racked up 17 pass breakups, caused three fumbles and has two interceptions. When he is not playing football or on the track, Fields says he enjoys traveling and watching sports. His favorite food is cookie dough ice cream. His favorite musician is Rod Wave. Fields plans on majoring in physical therapy. His parents are Tuwasha and Damon Fields.
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