Leaders Emerging

This Western Pennsylvania standout has several offers in hand, but is beginning to narrow down his list of schools.

Duquesne High School's Elijah Fields has earned a reputation as a big hitter, and he's quick to confirm that when asked about his best attributes on the football field.

"I'd have to say physical play," Fields said in response to the question. "Really, there's a lot of things I'm good at, but that is probably my best one."

That's no idle boast, either, as Fields is a genuine two-way prospect, with a future in college at either safety or wide receiver. His big frame gives him a great advantage when going for the ball, whether it's on the offensive or defensive end.

West Virginia is looking at Fields as a safety first.

"I like Coach Tony Gibson - he's cool," Fields said of the Mountaineers' defensive backs coach. "He's nice, and I get along with him well."

The versatile Fields has been offered scholarships by a number of schools, including WVU, Pitt, Connecticut, Kent, Akron and Toledo, but said he currently has three schools above the rest.

"Pitt, WVU and Ohio State are my top three right now," the soft-spoken rising senior said. "I'm kind of waiting to see what Ohio State will do."

Fields had a limited summer schedule, attenting the Nike Camp at Penn State. There, he measured in at six feet, two and one half inches and 200 pounds. He also burned off a 4.5 40-yard dash.

"That's the only camp I will attend this summer," Fields said. "I'm working out by myself now and getting ready for my senior season."

Along with that preparation comes more recruiting, but Fields hasn't set up a timetable as yet, as he "might take several official visits".

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