Singleton ready to compete

The incoming freshman feels he can help the Huskers in 2013.



When former four-star 2012 St. Peter's Prep (NJ) safety D.J. Singleton hit the open market after decommitting from Wisconsin, Nebraska immediately jumped in on the high school All-American.

"They asked if they could come talk to me in-home. It just really snowballed from there," said Singleton, who committed to the Huskers after officially visiting this weekend. "With Nebraska, the coaching staff was really down to earth and I could relate to them. My parents loved them and it's a very stable program. The history is amazing. I really felt at home and I felt like it was the best move for my family.

"Wisconsin is great, but with their coaching changes, I felt this was best for me."

Singleton originally signed with the Badgers out of high school, but needed better test scores to get academically qualified. So much like the Nebraska sophomore Braylon Heard, Singleton decided to forgo school in the fall, and retook the test, this time passing with a high enough score.

"When I went to the Nebraska banquet, everyone was talking about academics. I can tell it's important there," said Singleton. "I was speaking to a lot of people and they were talking about the help you can get. I really think you have to try to fail there, by not going to class. The support is great."

Singleton will enroll in January and hopes to compete for one of the starting safety spots left by P.J. Smith and Daimion Stafford during spring practices.

"All the coaches, including Coach Pelini, felt that was the position for me," said Singleton. "I'm coming in during January so I can come in and compete for it. When I told Coach Pelini I wanted to come, he was really excited and said he couldn't wait to get the ball rolling.

"I don't think I have lost a step, but I do think I will have to rise above some stuff. I do think from my time off, my maturity level has really raised a bit. I know what's important and I think the transition is going to be easy."

During his senior year at St. Peter's Prep, Singleton registered 53 tackles, four sacks, and 12 tackles for loss.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Singleton was the No. 14 safety in FOX Sports NEXT's 2012 class.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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