Vols 'showing love' to top CB prospect

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Tennessee coaches aren't shy to tell Mark Fields where he sits on their Class of 2015 recruiting board – and it's paying dividends for the Vols.

"They told me right off the bat that I'm their No. 1 cornerback prospect on their 2015 board and I thought that was really cool," Fields told InsideTennessee. "That really just means a lot to me. It lets me know I've been putting in the work and they recognize that. It shows they really believe in my abilities and talent. It shows they care. I really think highly of that."

Pair the Vols' belief in Fields' abilities with the potential to play early, and the Scout four-star is more than interest to learn more about Tennessee.

"You know, that's why I like Tennessee and that's why there up there for me," Fields said. "I want to go somewhere where I can contribute right away. Coach (Willie) Martinez told me that if I came in, he sees me stepping in right away and playing. That's real big for me.They've been getting after me, you know, showing me love."

Fields, who recently came out with a top 10 that includes Tennessee, South Carolina, N.C. State, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss and UCLA, said he still has some learning to do when it comes to the Vols, as he's only been to Knoxville once for a summer camp.

"I really don't know too much about them yet, just to be honest," Fields told IT. "I remember they had really awesome facilities when I was up there. I'm really looking forward to getting back up there sometime soon and learning more."

But before Fields makes the trek from his North Carolina home, Tennessee coaches – specifically tight ends coach Mark Elder – are doing their best to educate the nation's No. 17 cornerback prospect.

"I was talking with coach Elder not too long and he was telling me how great of a place it was and stuff like that," Fields said. "For me, I really like how it's a great stadium with good tradition and stuff like that. A lot of talent has come out of there, too, that's for sure."

Fields, who described his relationship with Elder as "progressing everyday," said playing for a winning program will also matter in his recruitment.

While Tennessee has been down in recent years, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder believes those days are numbered.

"I feel like they're doing all the necessary things to become really good again. I really like that," Fields told IT. "They'll be back to a top program. I really like what coach (Butch) Jones is doing. I really think they'll be competing with the best after they get a couple recruiting classes in there and start rolling."

The Williams Amos Hough (N.C.) High School standout claims nine scholarship offers and says he has recently added interest from Texas and LSU.

Fields said he plans to take "several" visits during the spring, but does not have any set plans or dates yet.

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