For the Future (01.23.17): Castro-Fields Commitment Imminent, Commits Take Over Happy Valley and a New Linebacker Offer

By Nick Polak on January 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm
Four-star DB Tariq Castro-Fields will announce his decision later tonight.
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Castro-Fields Ready to Make the Call

Four-star cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields (Riverdale Baptist, Md.) has been a Penn State recruiting target for some time, and now his recruitment is officially winding down. Castro-Fields is set to announce his college decision at 6:45 p.m. on Monday. The lengthy defensive back is down to a final three of Penn State, Alabama and Maryland.

Penn State is currently the overwhelming leader on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Castro-Fields.

Multiple members of the Penn State coaching staff followed up Castro-Fields' official visit to Happy Valley last weekend with an in-home visit. A few members of the Maryland coaching staff also stopped by the Casto-Fields household. The two coaching staffs, however, accessorized their respective visits quite differently.

Make sure to check back to Roar Lions Roar both on the site and on Twitter later Monday evening for Castro-Fields' final decision.

For the record, both Matt and I believe he will end up in Happy Valley.

Commits Take Happy Valley By Storm

Thanks to the fact that the large majority of the committed recruits in Penn State's 2017 class had not yet taken their official visits to State College, it allowed the coaching staff to coordinate a nice weekend for the group, just a few weeks before National Signing Day.

The only recruit in town this weekend who was not committed to Penn State at the time was four-star defensive end Joshua Paschal, who is currently committed to Kentucky. More on Paschal below, via Rivals.

A new Linebacker Target

With a de-commitment from Dylan Rivers apparently already in the works, the Penn State coaching staff extended an offer to Benedictine (Va.) inside linebacker Ellis Brooks.

The four-star prospect who participated in the Under Armour All-America Game has already completed most of his recruitment process, but does still have one official visit left up for grabs. He has already visited Northwestern, Oregon, Maryland and LSU officially. Penn State remains hopeful that he will visit Happy Valley with his final official.

One thing that could work in the Nittany Lions' favor is that former Linebacker U great LaVar Arrington knows Ellis well, and apparently coached him at one point (he said as much on his Twitter account, which has since become a protected account).

Penn State would love to add a commitment from Brooks to fill the void left by Dylan Rivers.

Young Coming to Town

One of Penn State's favorite weekends of the year to host a large number of recruits is the last weekend in January which is the weekend before National Signing Day. We'll have more on the visitor list as we move forward throughout the week, but one big name just RSVP'd to the festivities.

Isheem Young is one of the top-ranked safeties in the 2018 recruiting class, currently ranked No. 55 overall in the country. The Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.) product is a big-time Penn State target.

The PSU coaching staff has a fight on their hands to land Young's services, with Florida State being the main adversary right now. Thankfully for Franklin and company, Young passed on an opportunity to play for IMG Academy as a senior, and chose to remain in Philly.

Young is one of a few safeties Penn State has targeted in the 2018 class, along with the committed Isaiah Humphries and Aliquippa star Kwantel Raines.

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