Fields Hoping to Make the Grade

Duquesne High coach Pat Monroe and Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley played together at Penn State. Now the ace Nittany Lion recruiter is pursuing Monroe's prized pupil, Elijah Fields. Bradley was in western Pennsylvania on Friday night to see Fields perform in person.

No one who witnesses Elijah Fields of Duquesne, Pa., perform on the gridiron will have any doubts about his ability and his four-star ranking. Fields is currently trying to get his academic status in-line with his athletic prowess.

"I'm still waiting for my first semester report card," Fields said. "I'm taking SAT prep courses and I'll be taking the SAT in December."

Bradley and a number of other coaches from schools such as Tennessee, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh will be waiting to hear those test scores. Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Akron, Connecticut, Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio.) have already offered, the others appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach.

"Penn State, Tennessee and Ohio State are waiting to see how I do on the test before they offer,” the wide receiver and safety said. “I talk to Coach Bradley a good bit, he's a good guy."

Most fans figure Fields may be a lock to join his very good friend Shane Brooks at Pittsburgh, but according to Fields it's not a done deal.

"I'm pretty open to everyone right now,” he said. “After the season I'll set up some official visits and see what I like. I scheduled one at Pitt (12/2), I'll likely go to Ohio State, West Virginia and possibly Penn State, but I haven't set any other dates yet."

Fields has decimated the opposition this season on both sides of the ball for the (11-0) Dukes. He has scored 26 touchdowns and is averaging 60 yards per score. He has caught 33 passes for 950 yards, intercepted 11 passes and returned four punts for scores.

"College coaches talk about using me on both sides of the ball and as a return man," he said.

With Duquesne recent’s victory over Bishop Canevin, the Dukes earned a trip to Heinz Field and a spot in the WPIAL Class A title game against Rochester. The game is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday and will be televised on Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Fields is anxious to show people what he can do.

"I can't wait to show people what I can do and prove that Class A has some talent also,” he said. “We worked hard all off-season to get here."

Fields will do battle with highly touted Rochester junior Derek Moye.

"You could say I'm looking forward to playing him," laughed Fields.


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