Fields getting noticed

If recruiting gurus were the end all, be all for high school talent evaluation, then Wildcat coaches would not be so excited about Garrett Fields. The big defensive end out of Texas did not wow recruiting services, but that did not stop the Cats from going after him hard.

"I loved him from day one," said head coach Mike Stoops. "The first day I saw him on tape I was hoping we were able to get to him and recruit him."

Fields was just a two-star recruit by, but he feels he was overlooked or at least misevaluated.

"I feel that coming out of high school that I was underrated," said Fields. "I couldn't really do it in the system I was in in high school because it was all new to me. I think with these great coaches I have here, and they are working with me real well, I don't have any choice but to succeed."

He has drawn comparisons to current Wildcat Marcus Smith. Both are large, imposing ends who can still move and retain their quickness. Although the coaches pondered moving him inside, they have gone away from that idea and will now concentrate on getting him developed as a pass rusher.

Fields looks to play this year. He has been impressive early on and with Johnathan Turner dinged up, he'll have a good chance to prove himself before the Utah game. He has made great strides in picking up the system, but like any rookie, he has a little ways to go.

"It's going pretty good," Fields said. "It's a pretty rough transition from high school to college but it is nothing I can't work with. I think I'll be alright with it. I think once I get the hold of the system, and see how it works, then I can help this team win a lot of games."

Fields has confidence and wants to test himself against the best competition.

"I want to play right away," Fields confessed. "Right now the competition in the Pac-10 is off the charts and I want to be a part of that so I can measure myself against the best guys in the nation."

The off the field transition has been easy for him thanks to all of the other Texans on the team. Not only do the Cats have a ton of Houston kids on the roster, but they have added a number of Dallas area players in the last two classes.

"They know all of the good players are in Texas," Fields said. "Here it feels like I am at home because the hospitality is so good. It's not really that hard of a transition. I get homesick but this is a good place to be."

There is one thing he misses about the Lone Star State.

"The seafood, I miss the seafood."

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