WSU Recruiting: Unveiling Pasco's mystery man

AS A JUNIOR in Florida last season, Deion Singleton (6-2, 175) racked up offers from the likes of LSU, Florida, Georgia and more. But then he packed his bags and left Tallahassee for Pasco and a senior campaign at Chiawana High. So what's the skinny on this defensive back prospect, and have the Cougs offered? Where do things stand for him in recruiting? CF.C asked him that and more ...

Singleton came to Pasco to live with his brother, Lionel Singleton, in order to buckle down on academics and raise his SAT/ACT scores. The elder Singleton told Cougfan.com that academics remain the top priority and once that's taken care of, and his senior season is completed, then Deion will look to set up visits and concentrate more on the recruiting process.

As for the younger Singleton, he was a man of few words in our talk with him but did list his current offers.

"I want to say about 13 ... (including) Washington State, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Florida, LSU, Navy," said Singleton, adding that Boise State has been showing interest and may offer, with the UW also showing interest.

An article in the Tri-Cities Herald last week said Singleton expects to ultimately choose in February between LSU, Tennessee, Kentucky, Boise State, Washington State and Washington, and Singleton confirmed that in the conversation with CF.C. When asked who among that group was standing out most, he named Kentucky, Washington State and Boise State.

But he said he doesn't plan on making his decision until right around Signing Day.

"It's a process," added Lionel.

THE YOUNGER SINGLETON some of the offering schools like him at safety, some at corner, with Wazzu recruiting him as a safety. Scout.com ranks him as a 3-star safety prospect in the 2014 class, placing him No. 44 nationally.

"Washington State, they have a good coaching staff, they're rebuilding but they're playing good right now," said Singleton.

SINGLETON IS playing pretty well himself at Chiawana at cornerback and receiver, where through nine games he had 33 receptions for 739 yards and 5 TDs. It's his first season playing wideout.

His tackle numbers on the year weren't available but he does have an interception return for score.

Chiawana, a 4A school that competes in a 4a/3A conference, is ranked No. 5 in the state by the Associated Press. Singleton and Chiawana begin their state title playoff quest on Saturday, hosting Moses Lake at 1 p.m.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Lionel has been through the recruiting process himself, though he stressed it wasn't as amplified for him as it's been for his younger brother. The elder Singleton signed with Florida International out of Florida High. He'll enter his fourth season playing corner for the Tri-Cities Fever when their schedule kicks off in February.

  • At that time, the elder Singleton will be suiting up with former Coug d-lineman Brandon Rankin, who re-signed with the Fever just yesterday. Also on the Fever are a trio of former Husky players – WR Anthony Boyles, DB Quinton Richardson and OL Ryan Tolar.

  • The SAT will hold two more test sessions before February's Signing Day, while the ACT has one. After that, testing sessions continue on into the spring and summer.

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