Fields still favors Cats after visit

When the Arizona Wildcats beat the Washington Huskies on Saturday afternoon, one aspect of the game that had been absent all of a sudden showed up. The Cats actually put a lot of pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. The Cat defense didn't even need to blitz a ton to get the pressure. Marcus Smith, Andre Torrey and the surprising Lionel Dotson hassled both Washington signal callers all day long in the 23-13 Arizona win.

With the defensive scheme that the Cats run pressuring the opposing quarterback is key. The cover two zone scheme does not work well without the pressure and, yesterday excepted, the Cats have not gotten pressure all year long. That is where recruiting comes in for the future of the Wildcat defense. So far the Cats have a verbal commitment from Desoto, Texas end Donald Horton Jr. and a soft verbal from Alief (Texas) Taylor end Michael Bennett.

If those two commitments stick the Cats will likely bring in just one more defensive end. With that in mind the Cat coaches hosted Dallas Skyline end Garrett Fields for the Homecoming game against Oregon State.

"It went real good," said the 6-foot-3 inch Fields. "They treated me real well out there. They took us out to eat and showed me the whole campus and all of the facilities and everything was just great. My dad went with me and he said that he really enjoyed the trip also."

Fields said that he was hosted by freshman linebacker James Alford and that Alford showed him a good time.

"James was my host and he is a cool guy," he said. "He was real nice and he told me about the school and how the coaches were and everything. I had a lot of fun with James and the other guy that visited from Texas, Michael Bennett. He is a cool guy too."

When it comes to picking a school Fields says that the coaching and the relationship his coaches have with the players play a big role when he decides where to go.

"Coach Joe Robinson is going to be easy to work with," said Fields. "He is a real good guy and he is a great teacher and coach. I know that if I were to go to Arizona that I would learn a lot from him, a lot."

Fields also went on to talk about head coach Mike Stoops and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.

I know Coach (Mike) Stoops is a great coach," he said. "He is a great defensive coach and so is his brother. Mark has been recruiting me since he recruits the Dallas area I guess. Both of them are really easy to talk to about other things besides football. I know I would learn a lot if I went there, the whole coaching staff is great out there."

While in Tucson Fields also got to hang out with a few of the other current players and he named just a few of them.

"Ronnie (Palmer) is a good guy," he said. "That guy is real cool. I also talked to Mike Jefferson and Mike Bell some. They are both good people and they seem like they would be good teammates."

As far as other trips Fields says that he will take a trip to Missouri in December and he will possibly visit Arkansas as well. Fields wants to decide by the end of the year at the latest.

Asked about a leader Fields had this to say.

"Arizona is still my favorite, definitely," he said. There is like an 85% chance of me going there. I would say that I will most likely end up at Arizona."

So far on the 2004 season Fields has about 40 tackles, 7 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

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