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.
TOP 3 / COMMITMENT DATE pic.twitter.com/sgHJkcJWRH
— Tariq Castro-Fields (@ayeewonton) January 3, 2017
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.
Im going be at PSU and PITT junior day so far
— Telly Mac (@KwantelRaines) January 4, 2017
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.
ESPNJr300 commitments (2018 class)
FSU/Notre Dame: 5
12 schools with 2
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 5, 2017
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.
— Sean Clifford (@seancliff14) January 2, 2017
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.
— Sean Clifford (@seancliff14) January 5, 2017
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.
- 2017 tight end Peyton Herdershot will visit Penn State. [Fitz, Lions247]
- Though insensitive at times, Mike Farrell of Rivals hands out his award after The Opening. [Farrell, Rivals]
- An update on Elijah Conliffe. [Ryan Callahan, 247Sports]