Fields is a Scout.com "four-star" prospect and ranked the 10th best safety in the nation. He was named to 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.
Elijah was named the WPIAL Class A Player of the Year. He finished with 704 yards rushing on 59 carries and caught 42 passes for 1,167 yards.
"They packed a lot of stuff in on Saturday. The first part had to do with academics and academic support. We toured the campus and saw the facilities. They let us see the Cathedral of Learning and the Heinz Chapel. I liked when we went down to Heinz Field. That was cool. We spent time there talking with players and they showed us a highlight film."
Field is considered a lethal hitter in the secondary but he's a phenomenal athlete that has shown exceptional ability at wide receiver. When asked if Greg Lee's decision to enter the NFL draft would impact his decision, he stated, "Well, it does open up playing time. It didn't hurt. I think I could go there and play early."
Elijah led the Dukes to an outstanding 14-1 record. Duquesne High School won the WPIAL Class A championship. The Dukes lost to Southern Columbia in the state championship game.
Fields is down to four schools: Pitt, Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia. He will Penn State (Jan 13th) and West Virginia (Jan 20th) over the next two weekends. Elijah noted that schools are torn as to whether he will play offense or defense in college. He appeared to be fairly open. "I just want to play. I guess I have to take my visits and see where I can gain playing time," he said.
"Overall, I really like my visit. I'll have decision sometime after my final trip."
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