January 26, 2010

Elite Miss. junior receiver talks recruiting

This past weekend, Ole Miss commitments Carlton Martin and Bryon Bennett attempted to persuade those uncommitted to choose the Rebels during UM's big official visit weekend.

But while the Madison (Central), Miss., teammates only had a short time to point out the good points of the Southeastern Conference school to the 2010 prospects, Bennett and Martin have been on a different recruiting project for much longer.

Tobias Singleton is currently a junior at Madison Central, and his teammates haven't made it a secret which school they expect Singleton to sign with in February 2011.

"They are always giving me a hard time (about committing to Ole Miss)," Singleton said. "I'm just always smiling at them and telling them, 'I don't know'"

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound elite junior wide receiver does have Ole Miss in his list of favorites, but he's not ready to pull the trigger before is recruiting year even begins. Singleton quickly spilled out a list of five teams he is looking at: Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Texas Tech and Florida State.

"I'm just pretty laid back right now," Singleton said. "When the time comes, I'll make that commitment, but there's no rush. I need to check everything out a little more."

Singleton spent several Saturdays this past fall at Ole Miss on unofficial visits and also checked out Mississippi State. He meant to head over to Alabama, but that trip never materialized. He currently has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss, but that group should grow soon.

He was recently named first team all-state for all classifications and was also honored as the 2009 Clarion-Ledger Metro Player of the Year. Singleton is expected to be one of the top, if not the top, players in the Magnolia State and also ranked nationally.

"The kid can absolutely fly," Jaguar head coach Bobby Hall said. "He's a great kid to coach and is being recruited heavily. You can't teach the ability of someone like Tobias. He's a rock star."

In addition to the influence of Martin and Bennett, Singleton's older brother is a student at Ole Miss, and the speedster went to the 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl, a game the Rebels beat Oklahoma State, 21-7. Singleton stopped short of saying Ole Miss was the prohibitive favorite, but he did recognize his familiarity with the school.

"The coaches are friendly, and I know all the players really like it and get along," Singleton said. "It's cool. Receivers have a chance to really play up there."

While he didn't mention the Bulldogs in his group of favorites, Singleton said he hasn't ruled out MSU.

"It's a good school, and the coaches are straight from what I know."

Singleton said he is "likely" attending a junior day at Ole Miss this Saturday.

"I guess the junior day kind of kicks it off," Singleton said. "It's time to start it up."

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