Fields Enjoys His Trips To Duke and NC State

Sometimes size matters the most. For one of the Bluegrass state's top overall football prospects it certainly will be a factor. Last week E.J. Fields had a chance to make the trip to visit Duke and North Carolina State. On Sunday night he spoke with TDD about the two visits.

"I spent last week visiting NC State and Duke," said Frankfort (KY) standout E.J. Fields. "I had a chance to tour both campuses and meet the coaches. Both schools were unique in their own way, and that was good to see."

Playing both defensive back and quarterback for the Frankfort High Panthers, Fields logged 1,150 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns in an option style offense. He also passed for another 750 yards in leading his team to a 9-4 record in 2006. However, his greatest success as a junior may not have come on the football field at all.

"I won the state championship in the 400 meters last year, so I'm trying to make sure I defend my title this year. I ran a 49.08 last year to win it. I also have been running the 100 meters this year and have gotten a 10.7 in that."

Speed was what first attracted the Blue Devils to Fields, and had kept the Duke coaching staff in constant contact leading up to last week's visit.

"I talked to them as much as I could. When you rebuild a program that has been where Duke was, you have rough times that come up. That is what happened to them last year. Now, they've got a lot more experience and should start making some real progress. They told me that they believe this year they have no where to go but up."

"While I was there I had a chance to meet Thaddeus Lewis. He seemed to be a really nice guy who believes in what they are doing. He was a guy I could see myself feeling comfortable with as a teammate."

As with most prospects, the meeting with head coach Ted Roof centered around taking the next step in the effort to return Duke to respectability - specifically bringing in top drawer athletes. But this time it wasn't only the Blue Devils playing that card.

"The coach at NC State said they are rebuilding too. He said he needed some new bodies on the roster to do that."

The Wolfpack and Blue Devils may have been similar in their recruiting pitches, but the two programs were different in a couple of ways according to Fields.

"One thing about NC State that I wasn't sure about was the size. I'm not really used to a place that big. My high school only has 300 students, so that was a little bit much for me. I really liked the size and layout at Duke - that was a big positive for them."

"Right now Duke is recruiting me to come in as a receiver, while NC State wants me to play defensive back. I play on both sides of the ball in high school, and can play both."

But is there a preference?

"If I had my choice I'd play somewhere on the offensive side of the ball I think."

Currently Fields claims offers from Duke, NC State, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Troy State, and Louisville. Early on he had been getting interest from Tennessee and Auburn, but "has not heard much from them recently".

As far as a timeline for a decision, the 6-foot-2, 180 pounder is in no rush.

"Right now I'm thinking I might wait and take an official visit or two - just to get the whole recruiting experience down. We'll see though, but right now I'm just taking it all in."

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