Impact Freshman - Devonte Fields

As part of our continuing summer series on identifying impact freshmen in the Big 12, we take a look at the recruiting classes of each team in the conference and give our take on which prospect fans can expect to see making a difference on the field this fall. Next up, the TCU Horned Frogs.

Story courtesy of Scout.com Kansas affiliate, Phog.net

Devonte Fields isn't the most highly-rated member of TCU's Class of 2012 - that honor belongs to tight end Griffin Gilbert - but his potential is, in our opinion, the most tantalizing.

Long and lanky at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, his explosive athleticism is impossible to miss. He's raw, as evidenced by his film, which makes it all the more impressive that he continues to make play after play. Splitting double teams, dusting offensive tackles, running down tailbacks on the edge, Fields does it all at the defensive end position and he does it operating almost exclusively on instinct.

He may be a situational player during the 2012 season, as TCU already has a pair of quality defensive ends on the roster in senior Ross Forrest and junior Stansly Maponga - a first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2011. But his pass-rushing ability will make him a valuable asset on obvious passing downs, and should help him see the field right away.


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