The Blue Devils picked up a major commitment on Friday night as Georgia safety Dylan Singleton announced his decision via Twitter.
“I am excited to announce that I am committing and spending my next 4 years at Duke University,” Singleton wrote.
Rated as a four star prospect, Singleton becomes the 17th commitment from the class of 2017 for Duke and the fourth member of the Scout 300 to pledge to head coach David Cutcliffe’s program.
He selected Duke over finalist Georgia as well as offers from Ohio State, Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Auburn.
THE SCOUTING REPORT
Singleton just stays around the ball and always seems to be in on the big plays in a game. He is a very smart player and his football instincts should consistently when you watch him live or on tape. Not the biggest, not the fastest, and not the strongest, but very aware, he anticipates well, and he knows how to put himself into place to make a play. Plays bigger than he is. Reacts very well in space and coverage. Can make the tackle.
At Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer, Singleton playes a number of positions including safety, linebacker, wide receiver, and running back. He projects as a defensive back at the college level and has developed the reputation of a physical player who exudes toughness and sound fundamentals.
“He has great instincts, he plays bigger than his actual size,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. “He can mix it up physically, and he has great ball skills. He is a real leader in the secondary.”
Singleton is rated as a four star prospect by Scout.com. He is a member of the Scout 300 and is considered the No. 19 safety in the country, the sixth best safety in the loaded South Region, and the third best safety prospect in Georgia.
As with many four star level recruits, Singleton has a number of high major offers including Ohio State, Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Duke, and Auburn. As he moved into the late portion of the summer, Singleton narrowed his list down to a final two of hometown Georgia and the program where his older brother is a starting safety, Duke.
Heading into early August the Bulldogs had pulled ahead and were the named leader, but by the second weekend of the month, Singleton told those close to the recruitment that he wanted to have one final sit down with his family and coaches. Soon after that meeting an announcement timeframe was set.
WHAT A MEANS FOR DUKE...
It cements the class of 2016 as the best recruiting haul of the Cutcliffe era. Which also makes it, arguably, the best recruiting class in something approaching 70 years. Singleton gives the program a 17 man recruiting class consisting of 15 recruits charting as three star players or better. Furthermore, Duke has four players ranked among the top 300 prospects in the country and five players rated as four star prospects.
Singleton is also the fourth commitment from the state of Georgia - the most represented state in the class, topping North Carolina and Virginia - each boasting three commits.