"The South Florida Express"

American Heritage (Plantation, FL) athletic linebacker Brent Singleton gave his pledge to South Carolina last month without ever setting foot on the USC campus. That's about to change though, as Singleton and several of his fellow top Sunshine State prospects will make a grand expedition across the southeast this week, including a stop in Columbia. Read inside for all the details.


The 6'1", 204 pound Singleton, who is expected to be upgraded to high 3-star status when Scout.com's rankings are updated later this week, is leaving on Wednesday and won't return home until late Sunday night. In that time, he and several top prospects from around the state of Florida will visit Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, and Tennessee.

According to Singleton, he's still firmly committed to South Carolina, and he's looking forward to seeing the USC campus for the first time when the road trip stops in Columbia on Thursday.

"I'm firm with my commitment. I'm still looking around and stuff, but I'm basically going (on the trip) to see South Carolina," said Singleton. "I'm just looking forward to seeing the campus and meeting all the coaches."

The trip, which is being called "The South Florida Express," is orchestrated by Brett Goetz, a local coach who serves as a mentor to several prospects in the South Fla. area. Other prospects expected to make the trip with Singleton include Frankie Telfort, Jaamal Berry, Vlad Emilien, Sterling Griffin, Darryl Williams, Stedman Bailey, and others.

Ever since committing to South Carolina, Singleton has been talking with other Sunshine State prospects about joining him in Columbia, including a pair of players that will be making the trip with him this week.

"I've been talking with a few guys about coming with me to South Carolina - Kayvon (Webster) from Pace, Quan Fletcher, Stedman Bailey, and Jaamal Berry. Jaamal is making the trip with us, and he says he's going to check it out. I talked with Stedman yesterday. He likes South Carolina, but he's looking at South Florida too. He's waiting it out."

One of the main reasons Singleton felt comfortable enough to commit to the Gamecocks before ever seeing the campus was because of the relationship he built with his USC recruiter Robert Gillespie. "Coach G.," as he's known by recruits, has continued showing Singleton how much he's wanted even after the standout linebacker gave his verbal commitment last month.

"I really like Coach G. and how we talk. He keeps in touch with me, and they just keep welcoming me into their family every day."

The "South Florida Express" schedule will start out with a stop at Florida on Wednesday. They will then visit South Carolina and Clemson on Thursday. They'll head north and visit Tennessee on Friday. They'll make the trek to Alabama on Saturday, and will finish things up with a trip to Florida State on Sunday.

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com and Scout.com for extensive coverage following the group's grand expedition across the southeast.


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