Single-ing Out Wisconsin

One of the highest-rated uncommitted prospects in Madison for Saturday's Wisconsin spring game, four-star New Jersey safety D.J. Singleton took full advantage of his time with the campus and coaching staff.

MADISON - Although the sidelines before Wisconsin's 2011 spring game were littered primarily with the 2011 recruiting class getting a chance to meet and greet each other, there were a few 2012 uncommitted prospects taking a closer look at what the University of Wisconsin had to offer.

With that mindset, it's hard to argue that anybody got more out of the weekend that four-star safety D.J. Singleton.

Singleton - a 6-foot-3, 195-pound strong safety for St. Peter's (NJ) Prep – was offered by Wisconsin in mid March and got access to every outlet at campus: meeting the entire coaching staff, getting a campus and facilities tour and having conversations with members of the sports medicine staff, the field he plans to major in at the college of his choice.

"I want to major in sports medicine so it was nice to meet somebody that deals with that on a daily basis," Singleton told Badger Nation. "That was really important to me, because most colleges don't have the major. I enjoyed it a lot, especially because they had my major. That was just a plus."

Being recruiting primarily by running backs coach Thomas Hammock, Singleton and Hammock have grown close because of having similar connections, including Hammock's father going to school with the father of one Singleton's close friends.

"It's growing and we've built a good relationship," Singleton said of Hammock. "He's a cool guy. He's fun and me and my father got to met his family members when we were down there. It's built from there, so it was nice."

Just as important as getting closer with his recruiting coordinator, Singleton and his father spoke with UW coach Bret Bielema for close to an hour, getting a feel for the type of program that he runs.

"He was real straight forward and told me what Wisconsin was all about," Singleton said about Bielema. "I got to know him as a person instead of a coach. I got to know some stuff outside of football. He was real down to earth and gave me tips on who to be close to and what to do and not to do. He really helped me as a person."

In addition to Wisconsin, Singleton has offers from Buffalo, Connecticut, Miami, Nebraska and Rutgers. Although not ready to declare a top five, Singleton plans to see more colleges during the summer and take all five official visits before making a decision.

"I still want to see more campuses," Singleton said. "I want to enjoy the process because a lot of people have been telling me to take all five officials, enjoy the process and get a feel for everything. It's an opportunity you don't want to miss because you only get one chance to do that.

"I'm in a fortunate position to take all five visits and that a lot of schools are interested in me, because a lot of kids don't have this opportunity."

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