Jaleel Fields, a 6-2, 265-pound two-way lineman for Aliquippa is gaining interest, and this is without playing a full first half in any of his team's three wins so far. Aliquippa has outscored its first three opponents by a combined score of 148-7.
In each of those three games, starters like Fields have exited the game by halftime. Despite less than six quarters of football for the season, Fields has racked up 15 tackles, 4 sacks and another 2 tackles for loss.
"I still got room for improvement," Fields said. "I just have to keep on working hard, stay in the weight room and work out."
Specifically, what would he like to improve on?
"Pass rushing," Fields said. "I want to have 15 sacks by the end of this season."
It might sound hard for a starter to give up his playing time, especially early in the season after long days of training camp. Not to mention, the need to prove himself. Fields says he and his teammates find a different motivation when they're on the sideline, watching younger players get on the field.
We just have fun out there," Fields says. "We watch our second teams, we just cheer them on the best that we can."
Fields also says that the Aliquippa coaching staff keeps him and his fellow starters in check.
They get in our head," Fields said. "No playing, no punting around, work hard. We watch film and lift weights with no days off."
Fields and his teammate, Dravon Henry, were both at Pitt's win over Virginia Tech last Saturday. He had this to say, judging Pitt off a 1-2 start.
"It's still early in the season," Fields said. "I hope they bounce back and do well the rest of the season. They got a new coach, and they're working with him. I think they're going to bounce back."
Playing on both sides of the ball in high school, does he have a preference on which side of the ball he'll play on at the next level?
"Defense," Fields said. "I want to play defense, but it doesn't really matter."