Beaverton, Ore. -- Year after year the prevailing sentiment among the prospects that attend Nike’s The Opening is the two things that stick out most are the competition and the camaraderie. The country’s most talented youngsters do fierce battle on the field to measure themselves, only to spend time getting building friendships with one another off of it. Many of their conversations inevitably turn to recruiting, especially in scenarios where committed prospects are conversing with those that aren’t. That happened quite frequently for Paramus (N.J.) Catholic standout Drew Singleton. The four-star linebacker was the target of numerous recruiting pitches.
"I mean you've got Dylan McCaffrey and Josh Ross, (and) the Michigan commits… you've got VanDarius Cowan the Alabama commit… he's been talking to me a little bit in my ear. It has been everybody,” said Singleton. “Everybody is out here having a great time."
Singleton took the courtship from his fellow recruits in stride the say way he has done with college coaches. For months he has even shied away from publicly naming a favorite. That’s why when learned of a report suggesting that he had named Clemson his leader, he was quick to correct it.
“They’re one of my favorites,” Singleton said. “I’m not going to say who the favorite is yet, but they’re one of the favorites.”
“(The list of favorites consists of) a whole bunch of schools honestly. It’s about 10-12 schools.”
In the coming weeks he plans to visit a number of them.
"I'm visiting Alabama, Auburn, (and) I'm going to get out to Cal most likely at the end of July,” he said. “I'm going to get out to Tennessee, Georgia as well as Clemson."
That ambitious travel schedule has been in the works ever since a strong spring visit to Michigan focused the attention of Singleton and his father on firming up a decision timeline. Dad was/is in favor of his son figuring out his collegiate destination before the season. Son, meanwhile is in favor of carrying the process further than that. For now the plan still is to wait a while.
Said Singleton, "most likely it's going to be after the season or the very end of the season."
But that isn’t set in stone. Father and son have been discussing a compromise that would satisfy the elder Singleton’s desire to relieve his son of the most stressful part of recruiting, while also fulfilling the younger Singleton’s desire to have the recruiting experience.
“I will consider committing to a school and taking the rest of my visits because I only get this chance once,” the Garden State star stated. “I want to make sure that when I do visit those schools that I won't miss anything. I don't want to leave any stones unturned."
"I think about (making a commitment, but still taking trips) every day. Me and my father every day try to chop and chop and chop it to try and get closer to that decision. That's our goal."
Even if they reach it in the next couple of months Singleton is certain he will take his official visits. The timeline for figuring those out is already fairly clear.
“(The list will be narrowed to five) probably the beginning of the season,” said Singleton.