Singleton’s father – Nate Singleton – had a lengthier go in the league than Brian Treggs, playing 44 games in his career, debuting in 1993 for the San Francisco 49ers. When the younger Singleton and Treggs talked, they spoke the same language.
“That came up a little bit,” Singleton said of the two receivers’ shared NFL pedigree. “We talked about how fortunate we are to have that, and we talked about receiver things.”
Our regional analyst Chad Simmons says that Singleton is one of the “top route runners” in his region, that he “eally understands the game and his position. Sets up defenders, sells defenders even if he is a decoy.” That sounds very much like Treggs.
Like Treggs, there was a point where Singleton went to his father and asked him to teach him how to truly be a receiver. But, unlike Treggs, that came after Singleton gave up on the gridiron for several years.
“Well, I started off playing football, obviously for recreation and in Little League football, and I actually stopped playing football,” said Singleton. “I didn’t play football all through middle school, or my freshman year of high school. After that, I got back into playing football, and I told my dad that I wanted to play. We just took it from there. Since I stopped playing football for four or five years, when I started playing again, the love got even stronger for it, and that’s why I’m here, now.
“I just lost interest for a while, and I started playing basketball, and I was pretty good. When I got back into it, though, there’s no other sport that even compares to football.”
Since he came back to the game, Singleton – who boasts a 3.8 GPA -- has become one of the more advanced technicians in the South, tallying close to 800 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior this past season.
"Having my dad gives me a huge edge as a player,” Singleton said. “We are both competitive, so we have bumped heads at times, but he played wide receiver in the NFL, so he has been there, he has done this, so he has helped me so much.
"As I have gotten older, I have realized how much he knows and how he is always trying to make me better. Him being in the NFL and showing me things not many at my age get to see has really helped me at a wide receiver."
His father – who played for the San Francisco 49ers – was also on the visit.
“He talked about some things about being here, and him, as a dad, he felt like he knew all the things that the Bay Area could offer me,” Singleton said. “He was really comfortable with my decision.”
Following the in-home visit from Jacob Peeler last week, and the official visit this weekend, it didn’t take long for Singleton to make that decision.
“I don’t want to say I went in knowing I was going to commit,” Singleton said, “but I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, and when I went in and went through the whole official visit and everything, at the end of the day, I talked to my parents, and talked to coach Dykes, and we all thought, without a doubt, that this was the place for me.”
Singleton told the coaching staff at brunch with head coach Sonny Dykes before he left Berkeley on Sunday.
“I told them there that I wanted to commit,” Singleton said. “They were extremely excited. Coach Dykes had the biggest smile on his face, and he gave me a big handshake and a hug. When we went outside, coach Dykes and the other coaches were just ecstatic.”
Singleton spoke with both inside receivers coach Peeler and outside receivers coach Pierre Ingram over the course of the weekend, talking about what position he would play when he gets to Berkeley.
“Coach Peeler, he thinks that I could be both,” Singleton said. “I talked with coach Ingram, and I got the same vibe. All the coaches have the same vibe, and I’m very excited. I think he’s a really good coach, and I look forward to playing for him.”
What was the vibe the coaches gave off? It started with Peeler.
“I think that coach Peeler is a very genuine person, and he really cares,” Singleton said. “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.”