Fields Starting Relationship with Disch

CORNELIUS, N.C. --- Mark Fields's relationship with his future position coach will have a major influence on his collegiate decision. Thus, Dan Disch's increased involvement in Fields's recruitment will only help North Carolina's chances with the 2015 prospect.

Disch, UNC's cornerbacks coach and defensive coach, and Fields, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback from Hough High School, had a lengthy phone conversation last Thursday evening.

"[Disch] just wanted me to get up there for a game," Fields said. "I've just been talking to him a little bit more."

Fields, who admits that UNC has a lot of ground to make up in his recruitment, is unsure when or if he'll visit Chapel Hill for a game this season. If he does, it will likely be tagging along with teammate Corey Bell. Bell plans to be in Chapel Hill on Saturday for the game against East Carolina, but Fields is unsure of his plans that day.

Thus far this season, Fields has attended the Clemson-Georgia game in Death Valley and South Carolina-Vanderbilt contest in Columbia.

"Both games were great," Fields said. "With the Clemson game, it wasn't the first time I've been down there. So it was about getting tight with the coaches. The atmosphere was great. Clemson is the only ACC [school] that has an SEC environment.

"It was the same thing with the South Carolina game – I got down there, talked to the coaches. Vanderbilt isn't really that good of a team, but the stands were still packed full."

Fields says that out of the offers he has right now, Clemson and South Carolina are the two schools sticking out.

"If more offers come, that could change," Fields said. "I like both those schools because of their DB coaches. I feel like if I'm going to go to a program for four years, I've got to like the DB coach."

With the recent addition of Ohio State, Fields's scholarship offer count has now reached eight. In addition to his offering schools, Fields is hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, and Virginia.

"I'm just waiting for those schools to pull the trigger," Fields said.

Hough edged Independence 28-27 on Friday for the school's biggest victory to date. Although Fields's name won't appear often in the box score, it's unlikely Hough could have pulled off the win without him. Throughout the game, Fields was relied upon to shutdown one of Independence's two FBS receivers. Initially Fields's target was Charlotte pledge Workpeh Kofa, but midway through the second quarter his target became Jamiek Davis, who caught two early touchdowns.

"They had started targeting Jamiek Davis, so my coaches told me to line up on Jamiek Davis," Fields said.

Outside of an eight-yard reception, Fields shut down Davis. When Fields left the field to deal with a calf cramp, Davis became the recipient of a deep reception that put Independence into scoring position.

"I noticed as soon as I came out that they hit him [with a pass]," Fields said. "I just thought ‘I've got to get back. I've got to get back.' I knew I had to hydrate quickly and get my calf right and get back in there."

Fields returned with a big pass break up and shut down Davis for the rest of the game.

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