“First of all, just the atmosphere, period – the atmosphere alone, and also, throughout this recruiting process, there’s been a lot of ups and downs and bumps in the road, and I’ve been let down by coaches many times, and I just felt like, when you step foot up there, with all the Cal coaches, it was literally like a family atmosphere,” Singleton said. “They’re straight-up and just genuine. That’s what I’ve really been looking for. The coaches are like family.
“This recruiting process is pretty strange, and it’s a business. Coaches have lied to me, and things like that, would tell me one thing and it wasn’t what they said. The Cal coaches, ever since I started talking to them, they were always truthful and honest, and they never sold me a dream.”
One of those coaches was newly-christened inside receivers assistant Jacob Peeler, who paid an in-home visit to Singleton last week.
“Coach Peels is just real genuine,” Singleton said. “I think that coach Peeler is a very genuine person, and he really cares. He’s always straight-up, not just telling you what you want to hear. He’s a really nice guy, and he’s always going to tell you the truth. He’s always going to be straight-up with you.”
The fact that this offense – which Bears set or equaled 10 school or modern-era single-season records last season -- could be losing up to six receivers after next season -- including Bryce Treggs, Maurice Harris, Kenny Lawler, Trevor Davis, Darius Powe and Stephen Anderson -- was also influential.
“That played a pretty big part in my commitment,” said Singleton, who could play either inside or outside. “I feel like this is the best opportunity for me, and there are receivers leaving, so there’s going to be someone that has to step up, and I can definitely fill that spot.”
Singleton – the son of former San Francisco 49ers receiver Nate Singleton, a former Georgia Tech commit and a 330-meter hurdle state record-holder -- becomes the seventh player from the South in this recruiting class, and the fifth wide receiver. He chose the Bears over late offers from Nebraska and Arizona State. He also added offers from Michigan, Miami and Oklahoma while on his visit. He is the second commit this week, following Keith Washington.
More coming soon from my interview with Singleton.