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Former Arizona Wildcats LB Tony Fields II narrows recruitment to 3 schools

Former Arizona Wildcats LB Tony Fields II narrows recruitment to 3 schools

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Arizona linebacker Tony Fields II (1) gets away with a hand in the face mask as he brings down Utah wide receiver Demari Simpkins (3) in the third quarter of their Pac-12 game at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 23, 2019.

Once former Arizona Wildcats linebacker Tony Fields II officially entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer, numerous Power Five schools across the country offered him for his one-year service. 

After early two weeks since announcing his departure from the UA, Fields announced on Twitter late Sunday night that he will choose between Texas, Minnesota and West Virginia. 

Fields eliminated USC, UCLA, Kansas State and Boise State. 

Minnesota, a rising program that was crowned co-champions of the Big Ten West division in P.J. Fleck's third season as head coach, was the first program to offer Fields last week. 

Texas is entering its third season under head coach Tom Herman and Fields could be a useful and mature piece to a defense — coordinated by former Ohio State assistant Chris Ash — that finished seventh in the Big 12 in 2019. 

There's also some familiarity with West Virginia. The Mountaineers currently have former UA defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae, who last coached at Arizona in 2017 during Fields' freshman season in Tucson. Fields' former Arizona teammate in safety Scottie Young Jr., another three-year defensive started who left Arizona, transferred to WVU in the spring. 

In three seasons at Arizona, Fields played in 37 straight contests as the Wildcats' "Will" linebacker alongside Colin Schooler. Fields totaled 287 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. 

Fields told the Star last week that he has no time table for a decision. 

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or On Twitter @justinesports

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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.

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