December 18, 2011

Fields recaps visit, talks potential Iowa offer

Grand Blanc (Mich.) safety Jordan Fields is a three-star prospect and one of the two highest rated commitments in this year's class for Central Michigan. He is the high rated recruit for the Chippewas coming straight out of high school

Fields, who is 6-foot-1 and weighs 175 pounds, has offers from several low level BCS conference schools, as well as several schools in the Mid-American Conference. He also has gotten from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Iowa.

The Grand Blanc native visited CMU on the weekend of December 2-4 along with most of the other commits. The toured the campus and spent some time with the current players on Friday night before spending Saturday meeting with the coaches and touring the football facilities.

"We had a great time. I met a lot of recruits there, a lot of future players. The school itself is a good campus. I liked when we visited the library and talked about the academic side of things. I found that very important because that's the main reason to go to college. It was definitely a good idea to bring us all up there at the same time. All of the Michigan kids kind of knew each other, but there were kids from other parts of the country and it was good to meet them too."

Of the schools interested in Fields that have not offered, Michigan State and Iowa are really the only two programs that are still in the picture. Iowa is the only school that might yet offer the three-star safety. Although nothing is certain, he says that he is comfortable with the decision to come to CMU.

"No decision is permanent, but it probably won't change my commitment status. Central is a great school. That's why I committed so early. I'm very comfortable with my decision. I love my coaches, future teammates, and what I've seen from CMU."

Fields is joining the Chippewas to play safety and he will have a great opportunity to earn playing time as a freshman next fall, or possibly even start. The defensive secondary has struggled over the past two year and Fields is one of the more talented prospects recruited by CMU in the last few years. That combination could prove to be a successful one for both Fields and the Chippewas.

"They said I have a good opportunity. I just have to work out, go hard in the weight room every day and get bigger, I could possibly have a starting spot when I come in, but that doesn't come easy. Either way, I'm in a great situation just to have the possibility of starting or having playing time."

The Grand Blanc Bobcats have gone 16-7 over the last two seasons, including a 9-3 record this fall. They reached the MHSAA Division 1 Regional Championship before losing to Rockford. That success at the high school level should help Fields when he gets to Mount Pleasant.

"It definitely builds confidences. It gets you that exposure that you need to get out there. Confidence is a big factor, but when you get to the college level, you still have to get better, so you need to have that work ethic when you get to college."

Right now, Fields is not planning on making any other official visits. However, he added that if other schools become more serious, that could change. He has taken unofficial visits to Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Western Michigan.

The Grand Blanc native is excited to start his career as a Chippewa and has already thought about some of the goals that he wants to accomplish when he gets to Mount Pleasant.

"Individually, I just want to become known as a good player and build myself up as a man and as an athlete. As a team, I want to get back to the tradition of winning the MAC conference title, winning big nonconference games and winning bowl games."

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