Fields says he's cleared to play at U of L

Former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields has been cleared to play at the University of Louisville. Fields confirmed the news to Cardinal Authority early Thursday morning. He said he will arrive on campus on Aug. 4.

Former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields received the good news on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Fields, who spent last season at Trinity Valley Junior College in Athens, Tx., after being dismissed from the team at TCU, told Cardinal Authority was cleared to play this season at Louisville.

Fields, ranked as the No. 2 junior-college prospect in the country by Scout.com in the Class of 2015, had been taking summer classes and was awaiting his clearance from the NCAA and from U of L.

In a text message to Cardinal Authority, Fields confirmed he would arrive on Aug. 4 in Louisville. The Cardinals begin fall camp on Aug. 6 and the first game is Sept. 5 against Auburn.

Fields in an interview in February said U of L was "the right place for me."

"I just liked everything about it here; it's a cool place," Fields told Cardinal Authority. "It's a huge relief for me. I'm so relieved that I am going to a place that I really like, with great coaches who can help me try to reach my dreams."

Fields also looked at Mississippi and several other schools before making his decision.

Fields is originally from Fort Worth, Tx., and was an Under Armour All-American coming out of Arlington Martin High School. He picked TUC over Oklahoma, Michigan and Tennessee.

As a freshman, Fields was selected as the AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He was voted by conference coaches as the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and landed on both of the first teams for All-Big 12 and AP All-Big 12 and was a consensus Freshman All-American and named the Defensive Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com.

Fields started all 13 games and finished with 53 tackles, including 34 solo tackles, and led the team with 18.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks.

He was limited to three games because of injury in 2013. And after some setbacks off of the field, Fields and the Horned Frogs parted ways. He wanted to attends Stephen F. Austin - an FCS school - and then enter the NFL Draft but that was blocked by TCU.

In his one season at Trinity Valley, Fields was credited with 61 tackles, 6.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven tipped passes.

The Scout.com evaluation on Fields calls him a "real terror" at the JUCO level. Trinity Valley went undefeated last season.

"He is the perfect type of player who you can line up on the edge and allow him to pin his ears back and get after the quarterback," the evaluation said. "He forces the action and makes a lot of plays. He is as fast as the ball carriers he is chasing and at this level at times even faster.

Fields has two years of eligibility remaining.


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