Wisconsin Signee Singleton Exploring Options

D.J. Singleton isn't sure where he fits in at Wisconsin because of the change in coach, and he wants to make sure he has a place when the dust settles.

Former St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star safety D.J. Singleton remains committed to Wisconsin, but uncertainty with the coaching situation is causing him to re-evaluate his situation.

The first stop he will make is Rutgers, where he will meet with coach Kyle Flood and the staff, and watch Thursday's practice.

"Rutgers was always high on his list," said Singleton's father, Dwayne. "It was always Wisconsin and Rutgers toward the end. They wanted him at linebacker, though, and he wanted to play safety."

Singleton remains high on the Badgers, but he wants to make sure the fit and connection is right with the new coach. Because of the timing issue, and an anticipated January enrollment, Singleton is making sure all of his options are covered.

Since an NCAA dead period begins after this coming weekend and face-to-face contact between recruits and coaches will not start again until after the New Year, the Singletons are trying to be pro-active about the situation rather than wait and see where they fit with the Badgers.

Singleton's father said his son received notice from Wisconsin today that he is allowed to speak with other schools, and those on his preliminary list are filled with the school that recruited him hard before his commitment.

North Carolina State, Purdue, Syracuse, Indiana, Connecticut, Boston College, Rutgers and Iowa are all under consideration.

"Those are the schools that showed the most interest during his recruitment," Dwayne Singleton said.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Singleton was the 14th-rated safety in FOXSportsNEXT's 2012 class, and he signed with Wisconsin in February.

However, he narrowly missed meeting NCAA eligibility requirements because of a low test score, so he did not enroll in the summer.

But rather than enrolling in a prep school, he took the SAT again in the fall and achieved a qualifying score. He also took classes at a community college so he could transfer credits to Wisconsin when he enrolled in January.

However, when Bret Bielema abruptly left Wisconsin for Arkansas last week, Singleton's situation became ambiguous. He has not heard from athletic director and acting coach Barry Alvarez, but he has had contact with his recruiting coach, Thomas Hammock.

"D.J. mentioned Syracuse (assistant) coach Rob Moore," Dwayne Singleton said. "Ron was recruiting him (in 2011). He said, ‘We'd be happy to have you.' "

Singleton played a hybrid linebacker/safety position as a senior at St. Peter's Prep, and he made 53 tackles, including four sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He also had impressive appearances in the U.S. Marine All-American all-star game and the U.S. vs. the World All-star game.

"We're trying to go somewhere in January," Singleton said.

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