A lot of high school recruits like to set a timetable for choosing a college. Some prospects prefer to get it out of the way before their senior seasons. Other guys will wait until their final campaign is completed.
Jordan Fields goes with the flow.
"I'd feel like I'm trying to force myself into making a decision or rushing things," the Class of 2012 Michigan Athlete said. "I just want this to be as smooth as possible. I want to make sure I'm not making a mistake. I'm just trying to keep as open-minded as possible"
Fields verbally committed to Central Michigan in the summer. After a strong senior season at Grand Blanc (MI) Community High, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound CB/S/WR has attracted the attention of BCS schools.
"I also have Iowa looking at me," Fields said. "It's a very good school, academic wise and athletic wise. They're keeping me on their watch and I'm keeping them on mine, too.
"I'm getting looks from Penn State. I talked to Michigan State. Penn State wants me to come down for a visit, but with all that stuff going on, my parents and coaches really don't condone me doing that."
Fields, a Scout.com three-star recruit ranked as the No. 49 safety in his class, reported offers from "just about all the MAC schools." He said Syracuse and Minnesota have offered, but he's not interested in those schools.
Fields officially visited Central Michigan earlier this month.
"I'm committed to Central Michigan," he said. "I wanted to have assurance that I was going somewhere next year. As I'm going along, I'm just trying to get more comfortable with where I'm trying to go. You just want to make sure it's the right choice. That's why it's good to research these other schools to be sure you're doing what's right for your future."
Fields unofficially visited Iowa for the Michigan game in early November.
"It was a great time there," he said. "The coaches showed a lot of love. I got to see a lot of the place. I loved the size of the campus.
"They're just talking about an offer with me right now. I feel that they're going to offer. I faxed them my grades. They want me to keep sending them my highlight tapes of all the new stuff that's coming in."
Fields said he planned to take his remaining four official visits before making a decision.He feels he brings a lot to the table for prospective colleges.
"I'm just very athletic," he said. "I have a natural knack for the ball. I have good ball skills. I have a lot of passion for the game and I'm aggressive with it. I'm not afraid to make a hit.
"On offense, that plays into it as well. I don't get jammed off the line. I run track, so that helps me when my speed kicks in off the line. I want to say that I'm more of an athlete than a one-sided player. Wherever a team needs me to play, I'll play for them."
Fields said the MAC schools view him as a cornerback, while the BCS school are recruiting him as a receiver.
Fields wants to study business in college.
"I'm looking for the school with the best business program," he said. "You're going to have distractions at every school. I'm looking for the one with the fewest distractions just so I can stay focused on what I really want to do. Your future in football is not promised."