UNC hasn't – nor has any school – offered Fields a scholarship. However, the 5-foot-9, 158-pound cornerback from Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale grabbed the coaching staff's attention with his performance at last summer's camp.
"I ran well and they really liked me," Fields said. "So we kept in contact."
Fields is unsure what the UNC coaches timed him at in the 40-yard dash. But, he did clock a 4.43-second time at the Under Armour Combine last spring.
In December, UNC assistant coach Art Kaufman visited Thomas Dale High School.
"He told my coach that they like me a lot and they'd be back in May," Fields said.
Since then, Fields has phoned Charlie Williams, UNC's area recruiter, at his request.
"We talked a little bit," Fields said. "I'm supposed to call him again sometime this weekend. But he said that he'd be the guy that would be coming around [during the Evaluation Period]."
In addition to UNC, Fields camped at Boston College, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Fields has attended junior days at Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Besides UNC, he is attempting to schedule spring return trips to Boston College and Maryland, as well as Connecticut.
Fields' cousin, Travis Hughes, signed with UNC last February.
"That's not a huge deal to me, but it would be nice to play with my cousin for three years," Fields said. "He doesn't really try to influence me on whether I should go there or not. But he's very excited about it and his excitement makes me excited about them, as well. And I already like the school."
UNC finds itself on Fields' early top seven schools list, along with Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
"I like schools with high academic standards and also do well on the field," Fields said. "Since I don't have any offers, I can't really be choosy right now."
Fields has started for Thomas Dale since his sophomore season, which ended in a state championship. His primary position is at cornerback, but he also plays running back, slot receiver, and returns punts and kickoffs.
Fields ended his junior season with 67 tackles and 21 pass breakups on defense. He rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries (8.24-yard average) and had two touchdowns in receptions.