June 25, 2012

Colorado Springs lineman ponders Wyoming and CSU

Despite being the object of affection for two schools with a long and bitter rivalry, Colorado Springs (Col.) defensive tackle, Dalton Fields, said both Wyoming and Colorado State have been very civil to each other during the recruiting process.

"I think they try to steer away from it," Fields said with a laugh. "They don't want to talk bad about another school in their conference, but every once-in-a-while the other school does come up for a second and then we move off the subject."

Fields is a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle from Pine Creek High School. The defensive stalwart has shown strength (490-pound squat) with speed (4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash) on his film. Last season Fields said he accounted for 70 tackles, as well as six batted passes from the defensive line position - one he said he has come to enjoy.

Colorado State and Wyoming are two of four schools to have offered fields a scholarship - the other two being South Dakota State and Northern Colorado. Fields said he is also hearing from Arizona State, Boise State and Air Force, who he thinks may come through with a scholarship offer sooner rather than later. Fields said he has camped at Boise State and Arizona State.

"Every time I talk to a coach they are excited about how hard I work," Fields said. "Every time I talk to them or go to a one-day came the coaches say I am the hardest worker on the field. A lot of the coaches also like my initial push and explosion."

The two schools who seem to have gained Fields' attention the most are rivals, Wyoming and Colorado State. Fields said the Pokes have invested in their coaching at the defensive line level and he sees that as a positive, having hired Derrick LeBlanc from Louisiana State University as a second defensive line coach, in addition to Matt Rahl.

"At Wyoming, I really liked the fact they just got another D-line coach," Fields said. "He is from LSU. I feel like with a couple D-line coaches like that, I would be able to learn a lot and get really good one-on-one time. I also feel like Wyoming is ready to get a conference title, and to make the school's name in football a good one."

Fields said he is in contact with Coach Gregg Brandon and Rahl at Wyoming.

The home-state Rams are counting on their enthusiasm and vision in an effort to entice Fields, who seems to appreciate both.

"I really liked the way the coaches are talking about the program at Colorado State," Fields said. "The confidence and the way they talked about their team in the future and the way the players talk about their future is awesome. They know what they want, they know their goals and are ready to start making Colorado State a known team agin. As a player, you want to be known as part of a team that turned it around."

Fields said he has yet to name a favorite, but homes to make a commitment before his first high school game of the season.

"I have not really chosen one school over the other yet," he said. "I know both schools are really pushing because they are both rivals. I don't really have an idea of which I would rather go to."

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