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Tyus Fields has good mentor

Tyus Fields has the perfect person to turn to for guidance and advice as he goes through the recruiting process.

His big brother, Clemson cornerback Mark Fields, knows firsthand what life as a recruit is like. The former four-star fielded over a dozen offers from prestigious programs before ultimately signing with Clemson.

As Mark works and waits for his first opportunity to play this fall, he is practicing patience.

The importance of patience is something Mark emphasizes to Tyus, who said Mark is a good mentor.

“He has told me to stay patient and your time will come,” Tyus said. “And to be open with all schools.”

Like Mark, Tyus is a cornerback from Hough High School in Cornelius, N.C.

Clemson handed Tyus his first offer on May 9, and he said the faith the school showed in him as a 2019 prospect is part of what is driving him to reach his potential.

“It meant a lot,” Tyus said. “It gave me motivation to continue to work.”

Tyus is a physical corner who can really cover.

So far, N.C. State and Tennessee are his other offers. The Wolfpack offered on June 10, and the Volunteers followed the next day.

The three schools are just the first to come calling for Tyus, and they will face plenty more competition for his services before all is said and done.

But there’s a lot Tyus likes about the Tigers, including defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

Tyus (5-10, 170) has built a strong bond with Reed, and learned a lot from him at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp this month.

“We have a real close relationship,” Tyus said. “He’s a good coach and has taught me some new things.

“The camp went well,” he added. “It was a good environment out there.”

Tyus will be back at Clemson for a couple of games this season.

How does he see the Tigers faring?

“I think they will be back for the championship,” he said.

Tyus has visited N.C. State and Tennessee this summer as well and said his last visit before school starts will be to South Carolina.

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