For the Future (01.06.17): Castro-Fields Sets a Commit Date, Raines Sets Visit and More

By Nick Polak on January 6, 2017 at 8:00 am
2017 four-star cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields (Riverdale Baptist, Md.)

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Castro-Fields Top 3 and Commit Date

Tariq Castro-Fields out of Riverdale Baptist (Md.) released a video earlier in the week announcing his top-three schools and his commitment date.

With the news that Lamont Wade is likely to move to the safety position once he gets to Penn State, it does leave an opening at cornerback should the Lions grab a commitment from Castro-Fields.

The four-star prospect is down to a final group of Penn State, Alabama and Maryland.

Raines Sets a Visit

Four-star safety prospect Kwantel Raines announced this week that he will be taking visits to two Pennsylvania schools for Junior Days this winter.

The standout recruit is one of Penn State's many high-profile targets in the 2018 class. Which of course brings us to this absurd statistic...

Penn STate is Running the Show in The 2018 Recruiting Class

With the recent commitment of Isaiah Humphries, Penn State is officially the most prolific recruiting team so far in 2018 according to ESPN.

The Future Nittany Lions Got Open

Offensive guard C.J. Thorpe and cornerback Lamont Wade earned consistent praise all week from the pundits for their performances at the Under Armour All-America Game and practices. Thorpe in particular was singled out by many as one of the most physically imposing and impressive bodies along the offensive line, even while going against some of the very best defensive prospects in the country.

Quarterback Sean Clifford was also there, but unable to participate due to injury. But that didn't stop the trio from getting together for a picture before the week was out.

Speaking of Clifford and that injury...

Surgery for Clifford a Success

Great news for the Ohio state champion, as his surgery for his torn labrum was a success.

Scholarship Numbers

With the early departures of Garrett Sickels and Chris Godwin, the Lions appear to be right at the NCAA's magic number of 85 scholarship players. As things currently stand, the Lions do not have room for any additional players in the Class of 2017. However, players have until Jan. 16 to declare for the NFL Draft, and there has been no word on any possible transfers. Penn State would not need to be at 85 scholarships until this fall if they do happen go over on Signing Day.

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