Singleton Gives Update on Recruiting Plans

ScarletReport.com caught up with St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) rising senior D.J. Singleton to discuss thoughts on cutting down his list, where Rutgers stands and the change from safety to linebacker.

D.J. Singleton may be a linebacker for St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) next season, but he will not be one in college if he has anything to say about it.

Singleton is making the move to linebacker to help the team, he said, but is happier playing his natural position of safety.

"I'm definitely playing safety on the next level," Singleton said. "That's what I prefer. Linebacker is just to help the team. As much work as we put in, we could be the best defense in New Jersey this year. We just have to take it."

Singleton played some linebacker his freshman year because of his hitting ability, he said, and expects to have no trouble transitioning to his new home for the upcoming Marauders' season.

That preparation takes precedence over recruiting for Singleton, who said he wants to be as relaxed as possible about juggling his seven verbal offers.

"I don't have a list or favorites or anything right now," Singleton said. "I'm just enjoying the process and liking all the schools that are showing me love."

In terms of the schools showing him "love," Singleton said he talks a lot with Temple and Michigan State and received an offer from Purdue yesterday.

Rutgers, he said, is in constant contact.

"I'm really looking into Rutgers this summer, but I'm looking into all the schools that have offered," Singleton said. "I talk with [assistant] coach [Jeff] Hafley maybe more than anyone else. He's down to earth and a great coach to get to talk to. He's easy to talk to. I like him a lot."

For Singleton, a lot of the decisions and timeframes will come at the advice of his father.

Self improvement is the most important thing for Singleton, he said, and he trusts his dad with the process.

"He's a big part in my decision," Singleton said. "We talk about everything recruiting and he's a big help. He's there for me all the time."

There is no timeframe to either cut his list or make a decision, he said.

"My dad and I were talking about setting up a few visits, but I don't know where yet because I want to slow everything down and really enjoy this process," Singleton said. "My dad says I should just decide when I'm comfortable. Could be this summer, during the season or on Signing Day. I'm not sure."

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