Fields Close to Narrowing

Aliquippa (Pa.) High defensive tackle Jaleel Fields is close to naming a top five, but he already reveals two schools that will make his list.

Aliquippa (Pa.) High defensive tackle Jaleel Fields plans to cut his list to five schools late next week, but he already knows two nearby programs will make the cut.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Fields said Pittsburgh and West Virginia will both be on his list. He plans to make a decision after his senior season.

"Pitt, it's the hometown school," Fields said. "They say that they want me up there bad. I talk to the players sometimes, but mostly I talk to the coaches."

Fields added he talks to the Panthers' coaching staff "a lot," and he also has a good relationship with the coaching staff at West Virginia.

"I like the school, they're close to home and I talk to the coaches a lot," Fields said. "They tell me some good things about the program."

The most recent trip Fields took was to Cincinnati, but he didn't get a chance to look around campus much because many of the coaches were not there. Still, he liked what he saw.

"It's a pretty cool place," he said. "They said they had to call me because everybody was on vacation so there weren't a lot of people to talk to them."

Another school pushing hard for Fields is Purdue.

"I talk to the defensive line coach, coach (Rubin) Carter, every week," Fields said. "He's a very cool, relaxed guy. He told me they want me to play the 3-technique and he wants me in their bad."

Connecticut, Kent State and Temple are also on Fields' radar, and he is researching each of them.

However, when it comes to the Owls, he doesn't have to go far. His cousin is Temple assistant coach Terry Smith, who used to coach at Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway High.

"He's saying they want me bad, but all the coaches are saying it," Fields said. "He said they're trying to get a lot of (WPIAL) guys there so they could make a dynasty there. They have a chance with me."

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