An All-Big Ten Starter Announces His Return to Penn State

On Saturday night, Penn State DB Tariq Castro-Fields announced he will return to Penn State in 2021. Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the NCAA created a rule that meant the 2020 football season would not count against a player’s eligibility. So, most of the Penn State seniors, have moved on to the NFL or other ventures. But, fortunately for Penn State, Castro-Fields is opting to return to Penn State for a fifth season in 2021.

Castro-Fields came to Penn State as a highly regarded 4-star recruit in the top 300 nationally out of Maryland. He committed on National Signing Day in 2017 and signed his letter of intent that very day.

The 6’0″ 190 lb corner made an impact right away on the Penn State defense. He played in 12 games as a true freshman and was named an honorable mention to the 2017 All-Freshman Team.

TCF saw his role grow in 2018 as a sophomore. He appeared in all 13 games and made 3 starts. He proved to be a prescence in the backfield, making 5 tackles for loss and recorded a sack in the 2019 VRBO Citrus Bowl.

In 2019, Castro-Fields emerged as a starting cornerback and was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team. He started the 2019 season with a TFL in each of the first three games. He also had two interceptions, one against his home state team in Maryland and one against Michigan in the Whiteout game.

As for 2020, the senior DB did not play after week 3 against Maryland. However, he did start in all three games he appeared.

He accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl after the season, which is a great place for NFL Draft prospects to boost their draft stock through weeks of practice in front of professional scouts and coaches. So, opting to return to Penn State as opposed to going to the Senior Bowl is a surprise to me. But, Penn State will certainly love to have back an experienced starter who seems motivated to prove himself in 2021.

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