Devonte Fields is the first recruit we're profiling in our lead up to National Signing Day, because he's the first of them that you'll be able to see in action as he'll take part in the Under Armour All-America Game Thursday night on ESPN. But he may also be one of the first of the Class of 2012 to hit the field in game action for the Frogs.
Fields, a 6'4" 240lb defensive end who's been clocked running a 4.6 forty, follows directly in the footsteps of Deryck Gildon from Bog Wager's powerful program at Arlington Martin to TCU. This year Fields helped guide the Warriors deeper into the playoffs than they've ever been, and was named 1st Team All-State by the AP.
Rivals awarded Fields four stars, and ranks him as the 12th best defensive end in the country, the 22nd-best overall recruit in Texas and the 165th-best overall recruit in the country. He committed to TCU back on April 29th and never really wavered from there despite acquiring scholarship offers from several Pac 12, Big 12, Big Ten and SEC programs.
On paper, Fields may be the best defensive end prospect to ever come to TCU. But as we've learned over the years, a recruit's potential doesn't mean anything unless he fulfills it at the next level. This is one "paper tiger" that I'm pretty excited about, though. I couldn't find a free highlight tape of his on youtube, but here is his Q&A session from the Under Armour Game: