Incoming Player Projections: Raelon Singleton

What to expect from incoming wide receiver Raelon Singleton for the 2014 season

Ute fans that are familiar with how/where Utah recruits knows that Texas is usually a very big part of their recruiting game plan, but in a year where the talent in Texas just wasn't at the level that it normally is, the Utes only snagged one recruit out of the Lonestar state. The one they did grab though, Raelon Singleton, was a touchdown machine in high school. At 6'3-185lbs, Singleton was simply too big and too fast for opposing defenses in high school, and he used his natural athletic ability to beat opposing defenses deep. Being 6'3, Singleton isn't the quickest wide receiver off the line, but once he gets his long legs going, he has no problem running right by defenders, and also uses that tall frame to out jump defenders in the end zone, and that's exactly his specialty. For the 2013 season, Singleton reeled in 16 touchdown passes, and that was only in 8 games, as he suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him towards the end of the season. The Crosby High School coaching staff targeted Singleton a lot in the redzone, and once they got inside the five yard line, a fade pass to Singleton was considered an automatic six points. As most Ute fans know, safeties coach Morgan Scalley is the lead recruiter down in Texas, and Scalley was one of the big reasons why Singleton chose Utah over other offers from TCU, Iowa State, San Diego State, Houston, Colorado State and others. It also helped that Singleton's cousin is former Ute QB/Offensive Coordinator, Brian Johnson.

In just 20 career high school football games, Singleton racked up 72 catches for 1,395 yards and 23 TD's. It's a mystery why more schools didn't get involved in the recruitment of Singleton, as he averaged 4 catches for 96 yards and 2 TD's per game of his senior season. It's not too often that you'll find a receiver that was as productive as Singleton was during his senior year, and his big play ability is something that will greatly benefit a Ute offense that want's to have more "explosive" plays than they have had in the past. Where Singleton has room to improve is in his technique and route running. He wasn't asked to run a lot of different routes in high school, as he was often targeted on streaks, deep posts and fades in the endzone, but he'll have develop the ability to run every route on the field. In a league like the PAC 12, where every defensive back has great speed, good route running can separate good wide receivers, from great ones.

Prediction: With a moderately deep group at WR, it'll be hard for Singleton to come in and earn enough time playing time to warrant not redshirting. Singleton has all the physical tools that you could want in a wide receiver, but he'll need a year of development to learn the intricacies of playing wide receiver in the PAC 12. Expect Singleton to redshirt in 2014.

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