"I didn't have any contact with the new staff at USC and could tell it was time to go in a different direction," Fields said. "Colorado had been recruiting pretty hard all along and then really picked it up in the last month. I took my official visit out there two weeks ago and really loved the place.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Walters, the WR coach. He was an All-American receiver at Stanford and I think he'll be a great mentor and coach on and off the field. I like the whole coaching staff, the ability to come in and play early and the academic plan they have was very impressive for me. It was just the best overall fit for me and I'm excited to be a Buff."
Fields visited California over the weekend but said Colorado had too many pluses.
"Cal was real cool, I liked it there a lot," Fields said. "It would be cool to play with Bryce (Treggs) and they throw the ball a lot but I know I can play earlier at Colorado. I think Colorado is definitely on the rise. They won four games last season but I think they're set up to make a move this season.
"They have a really young team with a good young quarterback. Coach Walters said I could come in and be a key impact player right away and that's what I'm looking to do. He told me I could be a headliner for this recruiting class and be a major part of the program turning around. I'm really excited about this opportunity and I'm ready to get going."
Fields is one of the quickest and most explosive players in the west. He was a key cog in the Braves 16-0, state championship squad. He's a true deep threat with good speed, soft hands and strong route running skills. He was the top receiver for the West squad at the Semper Fi AA Bowl and has a chance to be an early impact player for the Buffs as soon as next fall.