Penn State has picked up its 21st overall commitment in the Class of 2017, with Tariq Castro-Fields committing to the Nittany Lions on National Signing Day.
As the recruiting cycle wound down, Castro-Fields emerged as the top target left on the Penn State recruiting board. The Lions have been recruiting him since late-2015 when he made his first visit to Happy Valley. His scholarship offer followed in February of 2016 when he attended Penn State's junior day.
The Castro-Fields File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6'1/173 lbs.
- Pos: DB
- School: Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlbro, Md)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (0.8967)
- Composite Rank: No. 294 (No. 34 CB)
Casto-Fields has offers from, among others, Pitt, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech. Alabama and Maryland emerged as favorites along with Penn State.
Following his visit in February of last year, Castro-Fields returned to Penn State in July for another unofficial visit, and again on an official visit in January. That was his final trip to any school prior to Monday's announcement at his team banquet.
Castro-Fields joins a crowded and talented class of defensive backs in this recruiting class. Lamont Wade, Donovan Johnson, and D.J. Brown will all compete for time starting this fall, and the possibility seems strong at least one of those four ultimately moves to safety. Castro-Fields' size (6'1) makes him a unique player among this group of smaller, quicker players.
Penn State moves to No.15 in the 247Sports Composite rankings with Castro-Fields' commitment.