National Signing Day 2017: What to watch for and who to follow on a busy day for high school football recruits

H.D. Woodson defensive tackle Jaylyn Twyman and Riverdale Baptist defensive back Tariq Castro-Fields are the area’s top uncommitted local recruits set to make a decision on National Signing Day. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

National Signing Day is here, meaning it’s time for the area’s best high school football players to put on baseball hats.

Check out the top recruits expected to sign with Football Bowl Subdivision schools here, and then take a look at the top uncommitted national prospects here.

But just like you, we’re focused on what’s going down today around D.C., Maryland and Virginia. So here’s our guide to what’s happening across the area on Wednesday.


Decisions, decisions

Maryland is up against Big Ten rival Penn State and juggernaut Alabama for the services of Riverdale Baptist defensive back Tariq Castro-Fields, who did not allow a completion in his senior season. The 6-foot-2 speedster, who was first-team All Met this past fall and a four-star recruit according to, is set to make a decision Wednesday afternoon at the Upper Marlboro private school. Less than 24 hours after starting in College Park, D.J. Durkin visited Riverdale Baptist to emphasize his intention on keeping the best players in the area at home.

In Northeast, the area’s other top undecided prospect is H.D. Woodson defensive tackle Jaylyn Twyman. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound senior, who like Castro-Fields was a first-team All Met pick and is a four-star recruit, is set to decide between Pittsburgh and South Carolina. In his final fall with the Warriors, Twyman posted 91 tackles and eight sacks.

[His family devastated by violence in D.C., H.D. Woodson lineman Jaylen Twyman plays to get them out]

Local Big Three

Once the dust settles on Wednesday night…