August 7, 2012
Fields to announce in the fall
The whistles were blowing in Colorado Springs yesterday as Pine Creek High School opened its football practice for the 2012 season. Among the participants was two-star defensive tackle, Dalton Fields. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Fields is the object of affection for coaching staffs at both Wyoming and Colorado State - each of whom have offered Fields a scholarship.
For Fields, the opportunity to get back on the gridiron was enough to make his day.
"We had our first conditioning practice today," Fields said Monday. "It feels great. It feels good to go into your senior season very confident. There was an article the other day saying we lost all returning starters and return just three on defense. But we have reloaded and we are ready to show everyone that we are ready."
Last season Pine Creek went 13-1 with that one loss coming in the state 4-A title game to Valor Christian. This year Valor has moved up to 5-A and Pine Creek will open the season with rival Fountain-Fort Carson.
While the high school season is getting underway, Fields' college career will also be addressed this fall. The defensive tackle said he has offers from Wyoming, Colorado State, South Dakota State and Northern Arizona. Fields is being asked by Arizona State, Boise State and Air Force to send game film from his first two games. At that point they will make a decision on a scholarship offer.
"There are some schools that still want to see a couple of my first couple of games," he said. "I do plan to make a decision after the first three or four games."
Fields said Wyoming and Colorado State are currently his favorites but he doesn't have a preference between the two of them yet. He is hoping his official visits can help him through that process. He said it was the officials that helped his brother, Dallas Fields, to make his college choice. Dallas Fields is a defensive tackle at the Colorado School of Mines.
"I look forward to seeing the team," Fields said. "I know when my brother went on his official and he got to meet the players on the team. I would really like to talk to the players and see what they think of the program."
When asked for what he likes about each school, the thoughtful Fields offered a list of pros and cons for both Colorado State and Wyoming.
"Cons for CSU are they are a new coaching staff, so one can never tell what may or may not happen," Fields said "The pros are the coaching staff seems to have a lot of experience an they are on the same page for where they want to go with the program.
"At Wyoming the pros are, the coaching staff has been together for a while and you know they work well together and they do intend to win," he continued. "They always talk about taking it to the next level - conference championships and things like that. And they say they are ready to get it rolling. For cons... I can't really think of any."
Currently, Fields is an undecided major. He said distance from home isn't a big deal to him, citing the relative distance of both schools.
He said his summer has been spent at some camps, including a recent tryout for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl to be held in Arizona next Jan.
"I felt good. It was in Florida, so it was very hot. I think it went well and I am confident I made the team," Fields said.
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