What I Learned Watching: Dylan Singleton

POWDER SPRINGS - Matt DeBary takes a look at Archer DB Dylan Singleton.

Archer ATH Dylan Singleton is a 2016 prospect I really like. He lined up at DB, WR, PR and RB. Singleton was all over the field for the Tigers, and played a better game than his teammate Williams. Dylan is a guy who could play on offense or defense at the next level, but I think has the better potential on the defensive side. On the opening kickoff he made a nice strong tackle on Korey Banks and led the Tigers in tackles for the game.

He made two nice open field tackles on Swinney in the 1st quarter, shedding blocks on both plays. He also had tight coverage on Korey Banks, and made a nice tackle in the backfield on a Banks reverse play. He was lined up on the strong side, and most of the plays Sandy Creek ran were in his direction. Unlike Pryor, Singleton had many chances to make plays, and he made the most of them. He showed good instincts, and was rarely out of position. I was very impressed with what I saw out of him on defense, making plays all over the field. An Archer fan saw me taking notes, and made sure I knew who Dylan Singleton was. He was a favorite player among the Archer crowd.

Singleton also made plays on the offensive side of the ball. In the 2nd quarter, he caught a screen pass and broke two tackles on his way to a 15 yard gain. Later in that possession, Archer got inside the Sandy Creek 5 yard line, and Singleton was put in at TB. His first carry took Archer down to the 1, and on his 2nd carry, Singleton was hit behind the line of scrimmage, but used his strength and lower body to break the tackle and leap into the end-zone on a great 2nd chance effort.

Singleton is a strong kid, and when he had the ball in his hands, always fell forward when being hit or brought down. He had multiple catches in the 2nd half, and beat a defender on a deep route, but the defender was called for pass interference. Singleton would have scored easily if the ball had been better thrown. He showed good hands when catching the ball, and only had one bad drop late in the game when he was hit hard by Sandy Creek DB Javon Jackson.

According to scout.com, Singleton has an offer from South Carolina. If he continues to play like he did Friday night, I would be shocked if he does not earn more SEC offers in the future. Final analysis: good player and an important player for Archer on both offense and defense.

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