Rutgers Tie for 2012 St. Peter's Prep Safety

Safety D.J. Singleton of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) is one the players to watch for New Jersey's class of 2012. He has an interesting tie to the Rutgers program, and also talked about which schools he was a fan of while growing up. Singleton spoke to about his recruitment, Rutgers and what high-profile teamamtes Savon Huggins and Sheldon Royster are telling him.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) safety D.J. Singleton acknowledged he doesn't know much about Rutgers, but if he wants more information he has a bunch of options.

He can call the staff, talk to a few of his teammates being heavily recruited by the Scarlet Knights and ask his coach.

But if the 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety from the 2012 class wants to know what it's like to play for coach Greg Schiano, he can ask the guy who trained him this offeason – former Rutgers linebacker William Beckford.

"They're a pretty good football team …and he would talk about them, but that's all I know," Singleton said. "We did weight training and he did a lot of speed work with me. That was one of the keys for me this offseason. It was this offseason because this is the first one where I really started working out."

Among the schools recruiting Singleton in the early going are Rutgers, Miami, Clemson and North Carolina State, but plenty of other schools are expected to join the mix for the talent prospect.

As a sophomore, Singleton had 41 tackles, four pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.

He will play strong safety this season, lining up in the defensive backfield with Rutgers target Sheldon Royster. And Singleton said he will line up in the offensive backfield as well, backing up five-star running back Savon Huggins, and possibly Royster.

"I would love to get looks at running back also so I can have more options," Singleton said. One of the benefits of playing at St. Peter's Prep is the ability to learn how to handle the recruiting process, and Singleton speaks with Huggins and Royster about it.

"They told me if someone offers you, don't just take the first offer and wait until you have more options," Singleton said. "They said it's fun, actually, because you get to go to a lot of colleges. They said it's a fun experience, but just take your time and research what college you want to go to."

Singleton grew up watching a pair of schools.

"My favorite college team was Ohio State and I've always been a fan of Florida," he said. "I just love their team, everything about them.

"With Florida, it's just the atmosphere there. I was to a game when I was in seventh grade, and my friend, Will Hill, is there and he tells me about it and what the atmosphere is like there."

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