Cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields to Return to Penn State in 2021

By Nick Polak on January 3, 2021 at 1:48 pm
Penn State cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields (5) celebrates with teammates after a NCAA Big Ten Conference football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Penn State, Saturday, Oct., 12, 2019, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen

Senior cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields has announced via Twitter that he will return to Penn State in 2021, taking advantage of the free year of eligibility due to the pandemic.

Castro-Fields was seen as someone who had a chance to greatly improve his NFL Draft stock with a strong 2020 season but ended up missing most of the regular season due to injury. Now, he'll return for a shot at improving that stock once more.

For Penn State, this is great news. Joey Porter Jr. firmly established himself as a starting cornerback, but no one ever really took control of the other spot. Keaton Ellis and Marquis Wilson both got plenty of opportunities but neither one showed the kind of promise Porter Jr. did. However, with Castro-Fields, the Lions will potentially have the best starting cornerback duo in the conference in 2021.

Castro-Fields originally came to Penn State as a four-star prospect and has been one of the team's better defenders when fully healthy. Unfortunately, staying fully healthy has been an issue for the senior. Still, a full season in 2021 could cement him as a top-three round selection in the NFL Draft.

Be sure to stick with Roar Lions Roar as we continue to track the status of the rest of the draft-eligible roster.