Plans change for former UGA signee


As a rising senior in the 2010 class, defensive end Jalen Fields (Dalton, Ga./Dalton) earned several offers after making 10 sacks in just his second year of playing defense. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound prospect was raw, yet full of potential. When he failed to qualify to play for the Georgia Bulldogs, Fields enrolled at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. After two seasons of playing marginal minutes for the Bulldogs, Fields does not know where he will be playing in 2012, but he knows it will not be at Georgia.

“As of right now I really don't have an idea of where I want to go, but I am just going to take it slow and take more visits this time like I should have two years ago,” Fields said.

Fields was credited with 24 tackles and four sacks during his time at GMC, and admits that he has progressed the way he should have coming out of high school.

“I really never got the time to heal up from the injury to my ankle," Fields said. "I mean, I went to rehab for it but after, I kept rolling it. And I would just practice through every session but the pain was not really the issue; it just couldn’t hold up. It is like my ankle would just die on me. Then I get set back to second team defensive line going into playing Navarro and I was already in the doghouse with my defensive coordinator."

Fields says Georgia never really contacted him this fall, although he admits to never having a reliable phone number at which he could be reached. He is unsure of where he will end up now, but a few schools are showing interest.

"No schools have offered yet, but I have heard from South Florida, Marshall, Ball State, Ohio, Louisville, Memphis," he said, "and a couple more that should be contacting me after these bowl games."

Georgia now has 15 commitments, with three (quarterback Faton Bauta, running back Keith Marshall, and juco offensive lineman Mark Beard) set to enroll early.