May 4, 2009

Fields holding true to Bulldog commitment

Dalton's Jalen Fields wants to make something perfectly clear - he is NOT wavering on his verbal commitment to Georgia.

Earlier, published reports suggested that the Dalton High defensive end was considering looking around after saying yes to the Bulldogs almost a month ago. Fields told UGASports Monday night that's most certainly not the case.

"I never said that. I'm very tight with the Dawgs," Fields said. "I can't wait to get down there next year."

Although Fields said he never saw the article himself, he was asked about it a couple of times during the day.

"I had some people tell me that but I didn't believe it," Fields said. "We couldn't find it (the site) on the internet, but somebody told my dad about it, too. It makes you wonder."

Not that some other schools haven't tried to convince Fields to give a second look.

Fields said that on Thursday, Tennessee assistant Ed Orgeron stopped by, one of a number of recent visits by that included coaches from North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Auburn.

"Somebody called my house the other day, and I guess it was Houston Nutt (Ole Miss coach)," Fields said. "It was his cell phone number, but I didn't know anything about it. He called the house, I didn't answer. My little brother answered. I think he said I wasn't home."

Fields, who took his SAT test this past Saturday, said he's confident he will be able to qualify academically.

According to Fields, he does not have to take any summer school classes, but may choose to retake a math class in order to improve a C he recently received.

"I'm hoping I can bring it up to possibly an A. I'm going to get my GPA up," said Fields, who said he's already passed English and Chemistry.

"I'm very focused on everything that needs to be done," Fields said. "I'm still focused on football 100 percent, but there will be some days where we might have practice that I'll take off to stay in class. I want to have all A's and B's. I know C's are passing, but that's not what I want to do. I'm going to do whatever it takes and will try my hardest to make sure I do the best I can."

Fields isn't kidding.

He's currently meeting with a tutor every day from anywhere between two and three hours every day.

"There's a lot of people here who are proud of me and really want to see me go to Georgia," Fields said. "I see a bunch of Tennessee fans up here, and they tell me to go there and de-commit. But I'll still hold to my word."

In fact, Fields is trying to convince Watts Dantzler, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound teammate at Dalton who just completed his sophomore year, to give the Bulldogs a look.

"I'm trying to get him to come with me," Fields said. "Tennessee offered him yesterday (Sunday) and North Carolina State offered him too (along with North Carolina and South Carolina). He told me I would have received more offers if I hadn't committed, but I don't care about that."

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