Signing Day Capsule: Brandon Singleton

Brandon Singleton is announced by Cal head coach Sonny Dykes as the first National Signing Day signee. Get the scoop on Singleton with video, highlights and analysis here.

“I think that coach [Jacob] 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 Skinny on California signee Brandon Singleton from Analyst Chad Simmons: Very good route runner. Knows how to stick his foot in the ground and get out of his breaks. Advanced in the game as a wide receiver. Catches the ball naturally away from his body and more quick than fast. Still a little on the thin side, so he needs to add weight for the next level.

Singleton moved from quarterback to wide receiver for his senior season and responded by earning honorable mention LSWA Class 5A All-State and first-team 7-5A All-District honors. He turned 50 catches for 907 yards receiving and 10 touchdown receptions to lead his team to an 11-2 overall record and the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state playoffs. He is also a top prep hurdler who set the Louisiana state record (37.43) to win the 300 meter hurdles as a 2014 junior and is looking to defend his crown in 2015, while recording the nation’s fourth-fastest time as a junior in the 110 hurdle also in his junior campaign.

BT’s Take: Remember Kenny Lawler? You know, that under-the-radar kid Cal signed three years ago? Need a refresher? How about now?. Yeah. Singleton is very, very similar to Lawler when he came in – he needs to put on some size and muscle, and he’s not the most hotly-recruited guy on the board (though he was, at one time, a Georgia Tech commit, and had offers from Arkansas and Minnesota), but he could be the hidden gem in a very large receiver class.

Singleton, like Bryce Treggs, has an NFL dad, in former San Francisco 49er Nate Singleton. As good as Treggs is at running routes, that’s what you can expect from Singleton. He sets up his defenders, and sells them even if he’s being used as a decoy. He may not be in my list of immediate contributors, just because of the depth currently at receiver, but with the possibility of the Bears losing up to six receivers after next season due to graduation and the NFL Draft, you’ll see Singleton sooner, rather than later.

Nate, it must be mentioned, played for Grambling State, who the Bears will play in 2015.

Sonny's Take: “Brandon is tremendously fast and gives us the speed and big play ability that we need. He has great explosiveness and just eats up the cushion on defensive backs. He plays the ball very well when it’s in the air. He is a very productive receiver that knows how to play the game. I think he has excellent potential and upside and is going to be a very productive receiver for us.”

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