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WVU among top three for Arizona transfer LB Tony Fields

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Linebacker has not been an especially deep position for the West Virginia University football team in recent seasons, but some help could be on the way in the form of a Power 5 transfer.

Arizona’s Tony Fields announced his intention to transfer away from Tuscon earlier this month, and early Monday he tweeted a list of his top three transfer destinations — which included WVU.

Fields — a three-year starter for the Wildcats — trimmed his list to the Mountaineers, Minnesota and Texas from a batch of offers that included Southern Cal, UCLA, Kansas State and Boise State.

A native of Las Vegas, Fields started 37 consecutive games for Arizona while accumulating 287 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks during his three years with the Wildcats and was named to the ESPN and 247Sports freshman All-America teams in 2017.

In 2019 Fields accounted for 94 tackles and grabbed one of his two career interceptions for a 4-8 Arizona team that finished last in the Pac-12 South Division with a 2-7 conference record.

WVU DOESN’T MAKE THE CUT FOR FORMER BLUEFIELD STAR

Isaiah Johnson appears to have moved on from the Mountain State in more ways than one.

Johnson, the 247Sports four-star cornerback who was considered by many to be the top high school football recruit in the state before moving to California this summer, recently cut his list of possible collegiate destinations to five schools — Arizona State, Southern Cal, Georgia, Oklahoma and Louisiana State — with West Virginia noticeably absent.

Johnson missed most of his junior season in 2019 with a broken ankle and was not happy with how he was treated by Bluefield coaches — claiming they spread untrue rumors to colleges about him — so he and his family relocated to California.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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