Singleton Talks Linebacker Move, Top Schools

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) four-star safety prospect D.J. Singleton was at Rutgers for Saturday's Schiano Shootout, and he spoke to about his recruitment, a "probable" top three, his thoughts on playing linebacker and the F.A.M.I.L.Y. atmosphere at Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- D.J. Singleton wants to play safety in college, but for the betterment of his St. Peter's Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) team, he is playing outside linebacker his senior season.

Whether the four-star Singleton makes a decision on a school before then remains uncertain, but he named a few schools beginning to separate themselves on an offer list that has grown beyond a dozen.

"I probably have a top (three)," Singleton said. "The first is Wisconsin, the second is Rutgers, the third is Michigan State, and four and five, I'm still thinking about. It's not in order."

Singleton will sit down with his father in the coming weeks to set up a visit schedule, but one school he knows well is Rutgers, where he participated in Saturday's Schiano Shootout 7-on-7 tournament.

"It's a family," Singlton said. "They have (wrist) bands out here that say F.A.M.I.L.Y., and I believe it is a family. They're all together, the coaches are all out here watching us play. I'm enjoying this. They are like a family."

Although defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley is Singleton's primary recruiter, the interest from the Scarlet Knights staff is expansive.

"All the coaches (are recruiting him)," Singleton said. "They're all giving me equally the same viewpoint and they try to help me. It's kind of different. It shows they really want you. They're showing a lot of love."

Singleton added Michigan State and recent offerees Minnesota and Tennessee are each shows him plenty of interest while Nebraska is also of high interest to Singleton.

But at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, one of the interesting points concerning Singleton is where he will play in college. He wants to play safety while some schools are starting to look at him as a linebacker, which is where he will play as a senior after talking with St. Peter's Prep coach Rich Hansen.

"We needed an outside linebacker," Singleton said. "Both of our outside linebackers moved so coach Hansen asked me if I wanted to play it, and I said, ‘Sure, whatever it takes to help the team.' I think it will better my game because I would learn more about leadership.

"It's not that different. It's just that I'm a little closer to the ball than usual. That's mainly it. Most of the time, if I'm not dropping back, I'm blitzing. I'm not in coverage as much as I would be at safety."

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