Rising junior corner racking up offers

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The Class of 2014 has the potential to be loaded defensive back talent including names like Todd Kelly Jr., Evan and Elliot Berry and add another name to that list, Deion Singleton.

Singleton, a 6-foot-1 ½, 165-pounder, already has offers from the likes of Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, North Carolina and more.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native recently visited Tennessee for the second time this year after taking in the sights and sounds of the Orange and White game this past spring.

"I got (my offer) before the spring game," Singleton told InsideTennessee. "I was up here for the spring game. It was nice — everything that I expected and more."

This time around, Singleton got a chance to meet with the Tennessee coaching staff including his lead recruiter, defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley.

"I like the coaching staff, the players — I met a few players and they were nice and the coaching staff was really friends," he said. "(Coach Ansley) is a good guy. He taught me well, I love his personality and I love his coaching

"The coaching staff is really great. They were attentive and really friendly — hello, hi. I just felt like I was at home."

Singleton finished his sophomore season with Amos P. Godby (Fla.) High School with 35 tackles, 10 pass breakups, one forced fumble, one sack, six interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.

Tennessee along with South Florida were Singleton's only two visits of this summer before shutting things down for his junior year, but it was the Vols that seem to have the upper hand.

"I am taking a pretty good look at Tennessee," Singleton said. "They are definitely on my list right now. I will probably be back for one or two games this fall."

Singleton believes his size and ability to break on the ball have been his two biggest assets in racking up offers from 11 different Division I programs. He added that academics would be No. 1 on his list of priorities when choosing his future home with playing time listed as a close second.

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Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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