An Immediate Option

After being recruiting by Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda when the duo were at Utah State, Fresno (CA) City JUCO safety Duron Singleton has seen the Badgers make a late push for his commitment.

MADISON - After his high school career was completed in New Orleans, Duron Singleton was looking for a play to continue playing football. He didn't have to wait too long to find a new spot.

Talking to his best friend, Kevin Williams, who was playing at Fresno (CA) City Junior College, Singleton found out that the school almost won a championship the season before and that he would be a good fit for the program.

Williams was right about the fit, as Singleton helped the program go 10-0 and win a conference championship in 2011.

"It's a real good program," Singleton told Badger Nation. "It made me a better play."

Finishing with over 80 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four interceptions, two touchdowns, two sacks and a forced fumble, Singleton turned from a purely physical football player to a fundamental player who loves to hit in his two years with the program.

"I grew up a little more," Singleton told Badger Nation. "I really improved at my tackling. That's what I really worked on: trying to be stronger, physical and more complete."

Needing a strong, physical, competitor to provide immediate help in its secondary, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda have been in contact with Singleton since the beginning of the month and officially offered him Monday night.

"It means a lot and I am excited," Singleton said of the Wisconsin offer. "I like Wisconsin. I like the winning tradition they have there. Coach Aranda was recruiting me at Utah State first and they stayed with me when they went to Wisconsin. They are real good coaches. They said they need a safety to come in right away, so I am excited about them."

In addition to Wisconsin, Singleton is considering Missouri and Syracuse, two schools he officially visited last two weekends.

"They are both pretty nice schools," said Singleton. "I love the atmosphere there, the people, the coaching staffs are great and the campuses. They are two real good colleges."

Wisconsin tried to get Singleton to come on an official visit last weekend, but he was already committed to seeing Syracuse. Singleton said he might take an official to Wisconsin this weekend to get a feel for the campus, but whether he visits or not won't impact his decision.

"It would be nice to see, but it comes down to what's the best for me," said Singleton. "It's not a real big deal because at the end of the day football is football."

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