Singleton Impact Corner, Says Coach

The decision made by Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar cornerback Chris Singleton to open up his recruitment could end up paying huge dividends for the Cyclones in their search for some immediate help on the gridiron this fall. spoke with Chris Singleton's head coach at Dunbar, Greg Baloga, who said that his player had plenty of options on the table.

"The interest level from Chris was pretty large even before he had spoken with South Carolina," said Baloga of his player's initial commitment to the Gamecocks. "His father lives in Charleston and he was gung-ho about going up to Clemson or South Carolina just because of his father.

"But once he visited and got out there and saw some of the other schools, he just decided to think about it all carefully. I think that was the best thing he could have done, because he could have gone pretty much anywhere he wanted to go. I told him to narrow it down to five and take your trips."

Singleton's five finalists, according to his coach, were ISU, Troy State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Carolina.

Singleton visited ISU's campus last weekend and liked everything about his trip, said Baloga.

However, the coach was unable to confirm or deny any commitment made by Singleton last night during an in-home visit from the Cyclone coaches.

If Singleton does end up in Ames, Baloga thinks his former athlete could make a big splash.

"Iowa State told me that he's the type of kid that has the potential to maybe come up and challenge right away, depending on what he does during the summer," Baloga said. "He's a very explosive kid and is extremely strong.

He's 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, and is a legitimate high 4.4. He's a very strong, fast kid, and is a superb cover man. He can really dominate one of the corners. His return skills are outstanding, and he has great vision of the field when he's back there."

Singleton put up solid numbers on both sides of the ball as a senior. He recorded five interceptions and 50 tackles on defense, while rushing for more than 400 yards and racking up 10 touchdowns on offense. He added three punt/kick returns for touchdowns. After doing so, he was named Florida's Class 2A player of the year. He also earned all-district and all-conference honors.

We'll have more on Singleton's possible commitment to the Cyclones later this afternoon.

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