When NC State hired Mike Archer to be the new Wolfpack defensive coordinator, it also opened up the Bluegrass State as a new recruiting territory for the Pack. Archer and NC State wasted no time in jumping on one of Kentucky's fastest athletes.
Lining up primarily as a quarterback in a run-based option attack, E.J. Fields from Frankfort (Ky) High School managed to rush for 1,147 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. He also chipped in 65 tackles on defense and finished the season with all-district and all-county honors.
Timed in the 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash and 10.7-seconds in the 100-meter dash, Fields' (6-2, 185 pounds) game is all about speed. He won the class A state championship in the 400-meter dash as a sophomore and that blazing quickness has helped earn Fields scholarship offers from NC State, Duke and Kentucky. The rising senior talked about the interest he's received from the Wolfpack.
"NC State was the first school to offer me," said Fields. "Coach Archer is recruiting me and I'm really liking the way they came to me. They're really interested and letting me know they want me on their team. They're recruiting me as a wide receiver/defensive back. I don't know too much about State yet but I'm planning to go down there for a visit this week."
For now, Fields says the three teams that have offered comprise his favorite's list and if other teams plan to get involved, they better do it quickly as the speedy athlete says he doesn't plan to draw his recruiting out.
"I'm planning on making an early commit," he said. "I'll probably do it sometime during the summer. I'm really looking for a team where I fit in the best. I'd like to play early but I know freshmen don't usually get a lot of playing time so I'm mostly looking for where I fit in the best."