March 3, 2007

Paris teammates pick the Aggies

For the past several years, Keon Furtch and Jordan Fields have been teammates in the defensive backfield at Paris (Texas) High School. The two took very big steps to ensure they continue to play together for several more years Saturday as both verbally committed to Texas A&M.

Fields, who was in College Station for A&M's Junior Day, received his offer from assistant coach Bob DeBesse before heading to Reed Arena to watch the Aggie basketball team take on Missouri. It didn't take long for him to accept.

"I wanted to (commit to A&M) from the jump start. This is what I wanted from the beginning," Fields said. "This is what I wanted and what my mother wanted. I feel like I'm at home here and I can make a career here."

Fields, who the Aggies are recruiting as a cornerback, said A&M's academic programs and fan support were major reasons in his commitment.

"(Fan support) was a big factor. We don't get a lot of people coming to watch us back home, but here, there will be 80,000-some people in the stands every game," he said. "Just thinking about it is really exciting. The crowd at the basketball game is loud; I know that football's just going to be incredible."

Fields, who has received interest from other Big 12 schools including Baylor, Nebraska and Oklahoma, said he didn't have trips to any other schools on his radar screen.

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