August 14, 2012
Cowboys get commitment from Fields
Dalton Fields was a little reluctant to talk about his commitment to the University of Wyoming Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder defensive tackle from Colorado Springs simply felt he should tell the coaches who had been recruiting him of his commitment before they read it online.
"It is out of respect for the coaches and the colleges," Fields said. "I like to talk to them personally rather than having them find out from a different source."
Fields holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, Colorado State, Northern Arizona and South Dakota State. The Pine Creek High School defender's commitment to Wyoming's recruiting class of 2013 was something of a surprise as Fields said he had planned to wait until the fall to make his decision. Schools such as Arizona State and Boise State had hoped to see some game film on Fields from his senior season before they offered. Monday night that became a moot point.
"What made me (commit) was I was just really confident in my choice," Fields said. "I wanted originally to pick a school before the season kicked off. I just felt good about Wyoming, the coaching staff and the community feel you get at Wyoming."
Fields said he rendered his commitment by email to his recruiting contacts, Wyoming offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon and defensive line coach Matt Rahl. They told him to call the head poke with his decision.
"All the coaches were excited," Fields said. "I told Coach Brandon and Coach Rahl before I told the head coach. They said to call Coach Christensen to get him on the phone and call him. We had a good talk on the phone and they were all excited. He said it was great to halve me on board and it was great to have me in the family.
"It is a lot to get off your chest," Fields continued. "I am ready to be completely 100 percent focused on the high school team. That is what I am going to do for the season and then I'll get ready for college ball."
Last season Fields said he accounted for 70 tackles, as well as six batted passes from the defensive line position.
Fields becomes the sixth known commitment to Wyoming for the 2013 recruiting class and the second defensive lineman to commit in the last two weeks. Grand Junction defensive lineman James Diamati pledged last week and, true to his word, started trying to convince Fields to do the same.
"I have not been in touch with him after the commitment," Fields said. "Before I committed, we were texting and talking about it. We'll text and talk a lot and just talk football. It makes things easier knowing that I will at least know somebody going to the school and even better we will be playing the same position and help ourselves out through our career."
The son of two Marines, Fields said he is used to moving around every three years. His family has lived in Okinawa, Japan, Omaha, Colorado, Arizona, California and now Colorado Springs. He said he was looking forward to a little stability where his address is concerned.
"As you get older, it is harder to move," Fields said. "I know when I moved to Colorado going into my eighth grade year, we had spent four years in Nebraska and i didn't particularly want to leave at the time. In the long run it was for the best and I don't think I would have the opportunities I have today, if we had not moved. But it is exciting to be able to settle down and know I'll be able to be in one place for four to five years."
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