Update on future Cougar Deion Singleton

THE MAJORITY of Washington State's 2014 class of football recruits is expected to arrive in Pullman in a few weeks to take part in the six-week second summer school session that begins June 23. At least one member of the class, however, looks to arrive the way incoming players used to: closer to the start of fall camp.

Safety Deion Singleton (6-2, 175) had a lot of academic catching up to do after leaving Florida's Godby High in Tallahasse for Chiawana High in Pasco because not all of his credits transferred, said his brother, Lionel Singleton. Lionel told Cougfan.com on Wednesday that Deion has been making good progress.

"It looks like everything is going pretty good right now, it might come down to the wire," said the elder Singleton. "...He will probably be graduating this week but then taking one class for the summer… it just depends on how everything goes with the final grades … Once everything comes in, then everything can be put into the NCAA and then it's, ‘Okay do you need one more class or are you good?'"

Lionel said it probably wouldn't be known if Singleton was good to go until shortly before the Cougs open fall camp in August.

"But he's been working hard. And he's been doing a little track, staying in shape, also doing some training… He's coming to the end of everything and hopefully it plays out," said Lionel.

A two-way starter at receiver and defensive back for Chiawana, Singleton was named league MVP, All-Area Player of the Year by the Tri-City Herald, all-class All-State by the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune, and Associated Press Class 4A All-State in 2013.

He was also one of only five Northwest Nuggets named by the Tacoma News Tribune, making him, in their eyes, one of the five best prospects in the region comprising WA, OR, ID and AK.

Before moving to Washington, Singleton had a flurry of offers, including schollies from South Carolina, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisville and many others but his academic situation led to schools looking elsewhere.

Lionel Singleton played for Florida International and now plays professionally for the Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League.

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