Cats land Frankfort Prospect

Frankfort's E.J. Fields came close to giving a verbal commitment to Kentucky when he watched the Wildcats beat Florida Atlantic a few weeks ago.

Frankfort's E.J. Fields came close to giving a verbal commitment to Kentucky when he watched the Wildcats beat Florida Atlantic a few weeks ago.

"There was just some stuff still floating in my head, so I didn't," said Fields.

However, when he finished watching UK's 43-37 triple overtime win over then No. 1 LSU on Saturday, Fields couldn't wait any longer. He told Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips in the UK dressing room after the game that he would sign with the Wildcats in February. "Me and my dad were talking about it. The big victory atmosphere was just right. If thought if I ever was going to do this, this was the perfect time to do it," Fields said. "I told coach Phillips face to face when we had our meeting after the game. I just thought that would be the correct way to do it since I was there."

The 6-2, 180-pound Fields is a versatile athlete who plays quarterback for Frankfort. He is averaging 110 yards rushing per game for Frankfort (6-1) and has scored eight touchdowns and thrown for four more.

He's been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and will be given a chance to play receiver — a position he has never played — at Kentucky. The Cats lose two of their top three receivers, Keenan Burton and Steve Johnson, to graduation this year.

"Coach Phillips said I could be the next big wide receiver at UK," Fields said. "That suits me fine. I have always had to play quarterback because that's what my team needed, but I am more than willing to learn and change my style if necessary.

"I think I can be that big, fast, physical guy that can go get the ball. I don't mind contact. I don't mind blocking. There will be open spots at receiver next year for who wants to work the hardest, and I plan to do my best to get one of those spots. And it won't be a hard transition to make because I know what a receiver should do."

Fields had been considering Wisconsin, Duke, Purdue and Cincinnati before picking UK. Originally, he said he would not be opposed to going out of state to play. However, UK's impressive season changed that.

"Sometimes you just have to do what is best for you," he said. "Kentucky's start changed my thinking."

Head coach Rich Brooks and Phillips impressed him with their attitude toward him as did assistant Chuck Smith, the first coach to recruit Fields.

"I liked the way they acted toward me. They acted like they cared and that I was not just another recruit," Fields said.

He's not worried about Brooks' age, either. "He's never said one word about his future. He's old, but he is really down to earth. He is pretty good about knowing the times we are in right now. All the players really seem to like him and I can't wait to play for him," Fields said.


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