A year after Wisconsin defensive backs coach Daronte Jones recruited two three-star safety prospects from Maryland who could see the field this season, first-year DB coach Jim Leonhard is trying to deliver similar results.
Upper Marlboro (MD) Riverdale Baptist wide receiver/cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields doesn’t know much about Wisconsin, but the Badgers already made a bold impression on him with a scholarship offer Wednesday.
“I have a new but good relationship with Coach Leonard,” Castro-Field told BadgerNation. “He is great guy. I can't wait to get to know him better. He loves my film and my game and that is a blessing knowing that. I can't wait to go up there and visit.”
Castro-Fields has already collected offers from schools like Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia, a scholarship list that’s growing because of the 6-1, 177-pound prospect is a jack of all trades. Already he’s ranked the No.1 receiver in Maryland and the fifth-best receiver on the East Coast, Castro-Fields is being viewed mostly as a college cornerback.
“I can play any position needed,” he said. “I have the size and athleticism to play special teams, defense or offense. I've been told that I will play cornerback at the next level by many coaches, so I'm focusing on that right now. I have great size at 6-1 and great speed, so I make it very hard for my opponents to get open when I'm guarding them.”
“I may not have the fundamentals others do, but that can be worked on. What can't be worked on is my athleticism and natural ability,” he added. “I can produce anywhere and anytime you ask me to. I'm still working in the gym and my main goal this summer is to get stronger. If I can do that, I feel I could get upwards of 25 offers by the end of my senior year.”
While he admits to not knowing much about the Badgers, Castro-Field’s initial research has caught his eye.
“I keep researching it and the more I look, the more the campus sticks out to me and same with their program,” he said. “I can't wait to visit. I don't have a date set, but I'll be visiting very soon and I can't wait to see campus and coaches.”
While Maryland continues to be Castro-Field’s top school, the three-star prospect is adamant that he will take his time and not rush the process.
“Every school will get a fair shot and God will lead me to the right one,” he said. “I'll know more about my top schools after I visit them all, but all I know of now is Wisconsin is a great program, and I could see myself playing there in the near future. I can't wait to keep building relationships with coaches at Wisconsin and improving my game. The future is definitely exciting.”