It was fall of his junior season and the Madison, Miss., wide receiver had just gotten a call from Ole Miss, telling him to expect his first offer in the mail in a few days. That night, Singleton remembers lying in bed smiling, knowing that he had the potential to be a college football player. He took it as fairly routine though, until he got another offer a little while later.
It was Oklahoma State, when I got that offer, I knew something was happening, Singleton said. The school isn't from my parts, so I took that specially - that they would want to come all the way out here for me.
Singleton said on Thursday night that he has accepted an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and he plans on playing in the game. Earlier this week, Penn State recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach Mike McQueary paid a visit to Singleton's high school to meet with the wide receiver. They sat down and talked for a while. The highly rated receiver said it was a good experience.
We sat down and talked for a long time, me and the coach. We talked academics and about Penn State and the way they use their wide receivers, Singleton said. It was real good, I liked it a lot.
The Penn State offer came in this week, and Singleton was pleased that a school of that caliber offered him. He noted that it was especially impressive, considering that Penn State does not usually recruit Mississippi. His last offer before the Nittany Lions was from UCLA and he's receiving more offers weekly, mainly from the SEC.
Everything is really wide open right now, Singleton said. No one is in the lead.
He doesn't have any timetable for his decision but is hopeful to make an announcement at the end of his senior season. Claiming an offer from USC, Singleton has also reeled in scholarships from Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and others. He said there is no early leader because I haven't gotten the chance to look at everyone yet. He plans to be pragmatic and patient in the process.
While he won't name a leader, one school is aggressively pursuing him.
I think Alabama is after me the hardest right now, Singleton admits. Out of all the schools, Alabama is on me the most.
For now, though, he is content to run track in the spring and get ready for a combine event in a few weeks in Tupelo. Singleton will fill his time with school, taking the ACT again after getting a 15 on his last exam and playing Madden, where his favorite teams are the Titans and Giants. Comparing his style of play to Percy Harvin, Singleton is taking everything in stride. He said that distance isn't necessarily a factor in making his decision but pointed out that most of his interest is from Southern schools.
With that said, the Nittany Lions have most definitely piqued his interest.
I learned a lot more about the school then I knew before, Singleton said of his visit from McQueary. I knew Penn State was a good school, but now I feel like I know a whole lot more about the program.
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