Singleton Says 'Yes' to Cyclones

Iowa State has picked up its third commitment from a high school cornerback, which should go along ways toward easing the depth concerns at the position heading into next season. The latest verbal brings the Cyclones' tally of known commitments to 22 for the Class of 2005.

Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar High School standout Chris Singleton, the Class 2A player of the year, originally committed to the Cyclones during his official visit last weekend. After Singleton hosted the coaches for an in-home visit Monday night, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder let his intentions be known.

"I think it's a very good school and I like their field and dorms they have," said Singleton. "I really like their weight room and speed and conditioning program. With four corners leaving and only one return man back, I think I will have a chance to start as a freshman."

Singleton is one of three cornerbacks to have committed in this class, joining Denver (CO) Montbello's Steve Johnson and Gibsonton (FL) East Bay's Durrell Williams.

Singleton was the most recent to visit, and said that his trip to Ames is what sold him on the program.

"I had a great time up there," he said. "We played Madden for a little while, went out to eat and a basketball game, then went to some parties.

"I talked to the coach over my visit and told him I was going to commit. Then the coaches came to my home last night to talk to my mom about signing day and my high school classes."

Singleton had originally committed to South Carolina last month before opening up his recruitment. After committing to the Cyclones, Singleton said he canceled an official visit to Iowa for this weekend. He had also considered Wisconsin and Troy State.

Singleton's high school coach, Greg Baloga, believes his pupil can become an impact player at the next level.

"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."

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