Former TCU standout Devonte Fields has committed to Louisville, and is expected to sign with the program on Wednesday.
Fields, who earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 as a freshman, appeared in just three games for the Horned Frogs in 2013 because of an injury. He was then dismissed from the team the following summer after a misdemeanor assault charge in connection with an incident involving an ex-girlfriend. He spent the past season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
At Trinity Valley, Fields was never in any sort of trouble, although a Sports Illustrated story from the fall detailed his easily identifiable lack of motivation.
"On Saturday, Fields hardly looked like a potential first-rounder, let alone a college star," the story said. "He jogged on many plays, stood and watched passes downfield, and even got pancaked by an undersized left tackle. Fields spent most of halftime standing outside the locker room, briefly killing ants climbing on his cleats. He stood a few feet away from a tented concession stand in the stadium's south end zone where conies, sausage-on-a-stick and Frito pies were in high demand.
"Fields' play didn't get any better after halftime and he admitted it was ‘somewhat' hard to remain motivated. ‘That's not really an excuse,' Fields said. ‘Just being lazy.'"
That's not going to cut it at Louisville, even if he is able to stay out of trouble off-the-field.
Fields was eligible to declare for this year's draft, but rightfully recognized that he wasn't likely to be an early selection. He could potentially play two seasons at Louisville
I'm not going to lie and say that this one doesn't make me uneasy, but U of L has been in this position before. Sometimes it's worked out well, and sometimes the program has been burned. Only time will tell how this plays out.