Singleton Weighs Pros and Cons of Rutgers

Check inside as checks in with one of the next stars at St. Peters Prep. Safety D.J. Singleton broke down everything from his favorites to cutting his list and plans for the summer. Singleton explained the positives and negative factors about his relationship with Rutgers ...

D.J. Singleton said he was very happy when Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin signed their National Letters of Intent with Rutgers. His two friends and former teammates were less than an hour away.

But with Rutgers now heavily pursuing the four-star St. Peters Prep safety, Singleton isn't sure if proximity is a good thing or a bad thing.

"Having friends there and it being close is both a positive and negative," Singleton said. "It's good that I could be comfortable and playing with people that I know, who are already my friends. On the other hand, I feel like part of growing up is branching out from what's comfortable. I want to make my own friends and make a name for myself."

Friends or no. Close or no. Singleton said he still likes what Rutgers has to offer.

"I talk to Rutgers literally every day," Singleton said. "We talk about everything. It's not just football. I talk with Coach Hafley the most and we talk a lot about life and academics and stuff too."

Singleton's relationship with Jeff Hafley spans back to when the defensive backs coach was an assistant at Pittsburgh. Hafley's relationship with Singleton will be a crucial one in the months to come.

"We got to know each other while at Pittsburgh and it showed me that he really likes me because he stayed on me after switching schools," Singleton said. "Rutgers is a good program. It's growing. They have a lot of well-known commits in the area including my former teammates. They make me feel comfortable and it's a nice campus."

In the recruiting game, Singleton has verbal scholarship offers from Buffalo, Connecticut, Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers and Wisconsin. Droves of schools descended down on St. Peters Prep yesterday to watch Singleton and the rest of the team work out.

Boston College, William & Mary, Georgetown and Oregon were in Jersey City yesterday and he said he thinks Oregon is on the verge of offering him.

"I have a good relationship building with Oregon," he said. "I know that schools weren't just there to see me. They were there to see lots of guys on the team. But that's a good thing about playing for Prep is that schools know how good we all are."

This summer, Singleton said he expects he will camp at Rutgers and is also looking at Tennesee for an unofficial visit or camp.

Most of those decisions, and a timetable for cutting his list, will come down to his father.

"I was just talking to my father about cutting list," Singleton said. "I don't think we're going to even think about that until the end of the summer."

Singleton said his focus through the summer is adjusting to outside linebacker. He said most schools still like him as a safety, but he is moving to linebacker to help the team.

"Coach [Rich] Hansen and I feel like that's what's best for the team," he said. "Coach Hansen wants me to make sure to take it slow and think about school first. I'm changing positions, so I have to learn a lot on the field too."

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