Alex Singleton (5-11, 215, 4.65) made just about everyone’s all-state team as a junior after he ran for 1,507 yards and 22 touchdowns on 218 carries.
Scout.com has Singleton projected as a fullback but he wants to carry the rock at the next level.
He got a good chance to see LSU practice this past Saturday and then he also got a good bit of one-on-one time with the Tigers’ headman.
“I took him up on Saturday because he wanted to watch a practice and then afterwards he sat down with coach Miles for a while,” said East St. John head coach Larry Dautrieve. “Coach told him that their pressing need was at fullback because after Quinn Johnson they don’t have anyone but then he told him that they see him being like a Jacob Hester that can play fullback and that can also run the ball in the one-back set. Coach Miles said Alex was the type of guy they wanted to bring in because he could do both and that he had an offer.”
Some have questioned whether or not Singleton had enough speed to be a feature back for a major program but Dautrieve said that should not be in question.
“He’s just a big powerful kid that has football speed,” said Dautrieve. “He runs a 4.6 but there were two plays last year where the kid that’s committed to LSU, Janzen Jackson, couldn’t catch him twice last year. So, I guess if Jackson is fast enough for LSU then Alex must be too.”
When we spoke to Singleton in the past he was adamant about playing tailback but Dautrieve said that what took place on Saturday has made him think a little more about the future.
“Alex was really pleased to get the offer and I think it opened him up a little more to the idea of playing some fullback but he really wants to run the ball in college,” he said. “He wants to be that big back and carry the ball but I think he’s more open now because coach Miles explained what Hester’s role was in more detail.”
With the focus now shifted from recruiting to getting ready for his senior season, Dautrieve said he was unsure on what Singleton would do in terms of recruiting but he knew of one official visit that he already has set.
“He’s going to Tulsa on September 11th and that’s the only official he has right now,” said Dautrieve. “I don’t really get involved too much with recruiting but I know he has an offer from Tulsa and Mississippi State too.”