Singleton Visits Rutgers; Mulls Decision Date

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) standout D.J. Singleton joined a number of New Jersey's other top recruits at Saturday's practice at Rutgers. Afterward, he told he may announce his decision on a certain date, discussed his position change for his senior season and how the shifts on Rutgers' coaching staff could influence his decision.

D.J. Singleton will announce his school of choice Oct. 25, and the 6-foot-3, 195-pound St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) star is giving Rutgers a very good look.

Singleton told after the visit he was going to announce Oct. 25, which is his grandfather's birthday, but decided overnight he may wait longer before making a decision so he can be thorough with the recruiting process.

But there is a very good reason why Singleton is thinking about his grandfather.

"My grandfather passed away when I was in seventh grade, and he pushed me to play football a little bit," Singleton said. "He influenced me a lot. He was a leader, and I miss him."

Singleton holds offers from Rutgers, which offered in the fall, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Miami, and Buffalo, but that figures to change now that the spring evaluation period has arrived.

There is plenty of intrigue since Singleton is making the move from safety to outside linebacker for his senior season, and will also play running back.

"Today, I actually watched three positions," Singleton said of his focus at Rutgers practice. "I watched the outside linebackers, the safeties and the running backs. I'll be playing a little bit of running back this year. I'm looking forward to touching the ball. I haven't played offense since my freshman year. It'll be a good chance for me to show I can run the ball as well."

As for the practice itself, Singleton came away impressed.

"Things went pretty good," he said. "I like the tempo that was at practice. They had a pretty good practice for their first full-pad practice.

"I got a few tips that coach (Greg) Schiano was telling me about, a few techniques I could learn. I learned a defensive formation I never knew about, and how the coaching really is at practice."

In part of Rutgers' coaching staff restructuring, Schiano is heavily involved in running the defense, and is spending plenty of time with the members of the secondary in practice.

"That's actually a plus," Singleton said. "If the head coach is in the mix with everything, he's definitely a part of the team."

Singleton said "I don't have a top three or five," and his only other scheduled visit is April 16 to Nebraska.

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