Fields Names Final Four

Several readers orginally questioned the high four-star ranking Elijah Fields was given at the beginning of the year. How could a Class A prospect be that good? After back-to-back televised games against Rochester and Southern Columbia, Fields showed his skills on the big stage and no one is asking why now.

Elijah Fields is considered by some coaches as the best player in the state. The Duquesne two-way standout torched the competition all season and had a remarkable playoff run to cap his career. Fields led the Dukes to a Class A WPIAL championship at Heinz Field in a game that was broadcast by Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Fields then displayed his wares during a statewide telecast against Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class A final.

The postseason honors have begun to pour in for Fields including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fab 22" team, first-team Class A Associated Press All-State, MSASPORTS "Elite 11". Pittsburgh Tribune Review"Terrific 25", and first-team All-WPIAL. The Associated Press crowned Fields as its 2005 Class A Player of the Year. He was also chosen as Class A Player of the Year by the WPIAL.

Fields scored 30 touchdowns as a senior and the average length of those scores was 49 yards. He had 18 scores of 50 yards or more. He had 18 touchdowns on receptions, five on punt returns, four on runs, two on interceptions and one on a fumble recovery. He finished with 704 yards rushing on 59 carries and caught 42 passes for 1,167 yards.

Recruiting has been heating up as well. Ohio State offered recently and Fields has narrowed things down to four teams Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State and Pittsburgh. Penn State will likely offer depending upon Fields' upcoming test results.

"I took the ACT, I'm waiting for my score, and I take the SAT in January," Fields said. ‘I set a visit with Penn State (1/13) and West Virginia (1/20), now I have to schedule Pitt and Ohio State. Those are the four I'm down to, because these are the people who have been after me the hardest."

We asked Fields what stands out about these four schools.

Penn State: "I had an in-home with Coach [Tom] Bradley and it went pretty good. They are looking at me as a safety and wide receiver."

Pittsburgh: "They'll be coming to see me in January; I have friends there also. They like me at both positions."

Ohio State: "They just offered about a month ago. Coach [Joe] Daniels came in to see me. Like everyone else they like me on offense and defense."

West Virginia: "Coach [Tony] Gibson came to one of my basketball games to see me. They like me at both spots also."

Fields is hoping that after four visits he'll be able to make a decision.

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