A pair of Big Ten schools, including Penn State, will have to wait another nine days to find out if they will land one of the top remaining uncommitted defensive backs in the Class of 2017.
Tariq Castro-Fields, a 4-star prospect per 247Sports, announced on Monday that he’s holding off on announcing his commitment until National Signing Day on Feb. 1. He also said he won’t be taking any visits.
“I apologize for all inconveniences, but with a lot of prayer and talking I have decided to push back my commitment to Feb 1 (signing day) this will allow me to be 100% sure on my decision,” Castro-Fields said in a note shared on Twitter. “This is what’s best for my family and I as well. I won’t be taking any visits as well! Thank you!”
Penn State target Tariq Castro-Fields:
No interviews please. pic.twitter.com/Xn9tQpp47P
— Tariq Castro-Fields (@ayeewonton) January 23, 2017
Castro-Fields had been expected to commit on Monday, with Alabama, Penn State and Maryland as his finalists.
Castro-Fields, from Upper Marlboro, Md., plays for Riverdale Baptist. He is rated as the No. 33 cornerback in the nation, the No. 8 prospect in Maryland, and the No. 294 prospect in the nation. 247 Sports lists Penn State as the favored landing spot.
Penn State coach James Franklin, along with Nittany Lions cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, special teams coach Charles Huff, and D-line coach Sean Spencer, visited Castro-Fields at his home Jan. 17.
Castro-Fields shared a photo from the visit.
— Tariq Castro-Fields (@ayeewonton) January 18, 2017