Signee Update: Kendrick Singleton

After signing with North Carolina in February, Kendrick Singleton juggled the schedules of two spring sports – track and weightlifting.

"It was fine until the sectional qualifying for weightlifting was the same day as the district track meet," Singleton said. "So I stuck with the weightlifting."

Singleton's choice ended up being the correct one. Despite pulling a pectoral muscle early in the season, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound wide receiver from Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County won the FHSAA 1A State Championship in the 199-pound weight class. In the finals, he bench pressed 375 pounds and in the clean-and-jerk he maxed 310. His total weight, 685 pounds, actually tied another competitor, but since Singleton's physical weight was seven pounds lighter he won the tie breaker.

Singleton participated in all the regular season track meets, running the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He estimates that his best 100 time was in the 10.7 range.

Due to his hectic sports schedule the past few months, Singleton wasn't able to follow the workout regimen UNC sends all of its signees until this past Monday.

"It's a whole lot different from what I'm used to doing," Singleton said of the workouts. "I'm used to doing, at most, five reps. On [UNC's] workout, its 12 reps and 18 reps. It's more of an endurance workout."

Singleton, who played his senior football season at 180 pounds, hopes to reach 200 pounds before arriving at UNC on June 16.

The most difficult thing for Singleton has been not practicing with the Baker County football team, which is in the middle of spring practice.

"Smelling the grass, seeing the pads, it's a lot different," Singleton said. "I miss high school ball, but I'd rather go on to the next level."

Lately, most of Singleton's communication with UNC has been with the academic department as he finalizes his paperwork for enrollment in the second summer semester – for which he's been told he's qualified and good to go. He has, though, had several conversations with UNC assistant coaches Walt Bell and Gunter Brewer, as well as Larry Fedora.

"They're just encouraging me to continue to do the things to prepare," Singleton said.

Singleton hasn't discussed jersey numbers with anyone from UNC. His high school number, 18, was worn by former walk-on Mark McNeill during UNC's Spring Game.

Singleton and Kanler Coker have discussed rooming together. The two meet during their UNC official visit.

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