Singleton Looking at Five

WESTFIELD, N.J. — At Michael Giacone's home to celebrate his friend's commitment to Rutgers, St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) safety D.J. Singleton spoke about when he thinks his time will come. Singleton says he is down to six schools and favoring three. Where does Rutgers stand? Will Giacone's commitment influence his?

WESTFIELD, N.J. — Four-star safety D.J. Singleton received a big surprise Friday afternoon when St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) teammate Michael Giacone committed to Rutgers.

Giacone played his cards close to his vest and Singleton had no idea where his friend planned to attend college.

"It's a shock," Singleton said after the ceremony. "I thought he was headed for UConn. Rutgers has been in the picture for a while though and I'm happy for him. He did a good job of keeping his decision a secret."

Singleton said he does not yet know when his time will come after teammates Giacone and Brandon Napoleon made verbal commitments. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound safety playing linebacker said he is looking at five schools, but will take his time.

"My top right now is Wisconsin, Rutgers, Michigan State, Tennessee and Miami; that's not in order," Singleton said. "All of those schools have been showing me love since day one. I'm loving them all right now. Whoever pushes the hardest and shows they really want me is where I think I'll end up. If they're interested and I feel interested in them, I believe I'll know when the time is right."

Singleton said his decision could come at any time.

"There isn't a need to do it at any specific time," he said. "Whenever I feel comfortable, that's when I'll make my decision."

With Rutgers, Singleton said he feels very comfortable with his home school and expects more contact now that Giacone joined former teammates Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin.

"I know [Giacone] is going to be on me the rest of the way," he said. "I'll be hearing it all the time now between him and the other guys. Savon and Lumpkin have been all over me since I committed. It's kind of fun actually."

Like most other recruits in the area, Singleton said he feels a strong connection to Rutgers assistant coach Jeff Hafley.

"Coach Hafley, well he's Coach Hafley," he said. "He's a really cool guy. I talk to him most days, all the time. It's not just football and school, it's how I'm doing, how they're doing. It's just friendly conversation."

Singleton has no formal plans for the rest of the summer, but thinks he may take a few visits during St. Peters Prep's break in early August.

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