May 5, 2010

Saban chats with MS receiver

Alabama's search for an elite receiver in the Class of 2011 has gotten the Crimson Tide on offer lists for prospects across the nation and Madison (MS) wide receiver Tobias Singleton has been among the Tide's top targets so far. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound speedster has kept in close touch with the Tide, especially since his recent visit for the A-Day Spring Game.

"I went to Alabama for the A-Day game and got a chance to talk to all the coaches there and get to know them a little better. They've kept in touch with me since then too and Coach Saban called me this week to talk some more."

"Coach Saban said he really likes my speed and my hands. He said they are looking for a speed receiver to stretch the defense and really open up their ability to go deep down the field. He thinks I'm a guy that can do that for them."

Singleton wasn't ready to name Alabama or any other school a leader just yet but the it's clear that the Crimson Tide have made a strong impression thus far.

"I don't have any favorites right now but there's a lot to like about Alabama for sure. I think their coaching staff is one of the best in the game and they just showed that they are capable of winning it all. I think they could probably win it again this year."

With double-digit offers already, Singleton plans on taking as many in-person visits as he can this summer to the schools that have currently offered him before trimming down the list at the end of the summer.

"I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling this summer between going to camps and just taking unofficial visits. I know the schools I'll be visiting either for camps or just visits are Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Notre Dame. Once I've had a chance to look at everybody's campus, I will be informed enough to start cutting down the list."

"The things that are most important to me are how I would fit into the offense and how the coaching staff gets along with the players. I would say the fans are also really important to me. I want to play somewhere where the fans in the stands are going to support me."

While style of offense is important to Singleton, he isn't limiting himself to pass-heavy offenses only.

"I'm not looking for any one particular style of offense. I have no problem blocking and being a part of an offense with a good running game. At the same time, I want to make sure that I'll have the opportunity to get the ball and make plays for the team. It's all about whether I can see myself playing an important role in that offense."

Singleton runs a 4.42 forty yard dash.

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