Four-star Safety Singleton Selects Wisconsin

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star safety D.J. Singleton made the call Sunday morning to commit to Wisconsin. He then spoke to Scout.com about his decision.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star safety D.J. Singleton knew he wanted to go to Wisconsin, but was going to wait until late October to make it public.

Instead, Singleton ended the drama this morning when he phoned the Badgers staff and pledged his commitment for the 2012 class.

"I thought it was the right move because the first time I went out there I fell in love with it and felt comfortable," the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Singleton said. "I got along with the coaching staff, and when I talk to them they don't even talk to me about football. It's just school, and they were saying I will graduate with a degree and have a job. I felt so comfortable with the coaching staff and the school."

Singleton, who is Scout.com's No. 14-rated safety, held nearly two dozen offers, and wanted to get out of state. He was planning official visits to Rutgers and Wisconsin, but that is no longer the case.

"I'm done," he said. "But I might go to Wisconsin for one of their games for my official visit." Schools recruited Singleton to play safety or linebacker.

Despite playing outside linebacker at St. Peter's Prep as a senior, his position of preference is safety, which is where he will play with the Badgers.

"They didn't really say anything about strong or free," he said. "They just talked about playing safety."

Singleton was planning a late October announcement to coincide with his grandfather's birthday, but decided to get it done earlier.

"I was going to do it on my grandfather's birthday, but I talked to him and I to my dad, and they told me to just get it over with," Singleton said. "This way I can just concentrate on my senior season."

Singleton broke the news to his recruiting coach, and Badgers coach Bret Bielema.

"He was excited," Singleton said. "He said I was the missing player that they needed and I was a key to the recruiting class, which he said is probably the best one he's had, so that was a real honor. I'm real excited."


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