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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Land Big Target In Four-Star Corner

by on February 01, 2017 4:42 PM

Minutes before James Franklin was scheduled to speak to the media on National Signing Day he watched a screen above the Beaver Stadium media room.

And on that screen he saw four-star cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields commit to Penn State, capping off a recruiting battle between Franklin's staff and Maryland's.

So it was no surprise when the cheers rained down from the balcony above and clapping and high fives could be heard from below.

"Get the fax" someone joked, awaiting Castro-Field's letter of intent, binding him to the Nittany Lions.

And a few minutes later Franklin entered the media room composed, but with a spring in his step.

On paper Castro-Field is a Riverdale Baptist native from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The 26th best corner and the fifth best prospect out of Maryland according to the 247 network.

Castro-Fields is a longer corner for his position at 6-foot-1 and speed to match as a dangerous punt returner in high school.

The commitment almost certainly completes Penn State's 2017 haul with 21 members, balanced almost evenly between offensive and defensive players.

More specifically Castro-Fields will join five-star corner Lamont Wade and fellow commits Donovan Johnson and D.J Brown in a young and talented group of defensive backs.

"In the past we had guys coming in, and they walked in and they were in the two-deep," Franklin said on Wednesday. "Where now it's going to be iron sharpens iron. It's going to be walk on campus and compete like crazy. We're going to play freshmen. That's something that we're committed to doing. We're going to play the best players, whether they're freshmen, seniors, returning starters or not. We're going to play the best guys."


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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