Measuring in at 6-2, 305 pounds, Lugoff-Elgin star, Jared Singleton, without question possesses the size to play in the college ranks someday. However though, size isn't the only thing that the talented C/NG brings to the table. The Midland Area prospect also brings a ton of experience with him. In fact, he has been a starter on the varsity football team since his freshman year, and will be penciled in as a starter this fall for his final year of high school ball.
There is one other attribute that Singleton brings to the table that speaks high volume, STRENGTH… The rising senior shared with us, some of his intriguing numbers from the weight room. "Right now I'm bench pressing 380 pounds, and squatting around 600 pounds," he said. "I went to the Shrine Bowl Combine and broke the bench press record. I did 185 pounds 41 times."
After wowing us with his numbers in the weight room, the big man on campus gave us a brief synopsis of his game on the field. "I am very quick off the ball," he said. "I feel like I get really good leverage on people. I think what helps me a lot more is my knowledge of the game; just basically knowing the game.
After discussing the upside portion of his game, the '09 prospect shared with us what he'd like to improve on. "I can improve on my footwork," he said. "I work on my feet as much as I can. I'm also working on my wind. I'm trying to get to a point to where I never take plays off."
Jared's hard work and dedication to the game thus far, has enabled him to grasp the attention of several major college programs throughout the country. The big guy informed us that he has received close to a hundred letters, and that three programs have already stepped up to the plate with scholarship offers. "As far as offers, PC has verbally offered me, Newberry has verbally offered me, and South Carolina State has verbally offered me," Jared said. "Wofford is really interested. They haven't verbally offered me, but they told me that they like me, and that I'm very high on their recruiting board. I really think they are going to offer me soon… Vanderbilt is another school that has been expressing a lot of interest in me."
"I am really expecting more offers to come in before it's all said and done," Jared continued. "A lot of schools are waiting on my senior year. Being 6-2, a lot of schools have said that I don't meet their size requirements. I really don't agree with that. I feel like I can do a lot of the same things that a 6-5 guy can do."
Who will be the next program to step up and offer the big guy? Stay with tuned with SCPrepNation.com to find out…
Note: Jared currently reports a 3.4 overall GPA (3.0 Core) in the classroom, and a 950 (Math/Verbal) on the SAT.