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WVU among top three for Arizona transfer LB Tony Fields



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.


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 Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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