May 27, 2010

Singleton looking hard at Pac-10 school

Not often is Ole Miss' biggest recruiting competition a team on the West Coast, but that appears to be happening for one of the South's best wide receivers.

Tobias Singleton, a 6-foot-2, 187-pound product of Madison (Central), Miss., has picked double-digit offers and is taking a look at programs throughout the country.

Singleton is willing to give every school a shot at him, and currently UCLA has made a strong impression on the Magnolia State speedster.

"UCLA throws the ball a lot, and I've really started to like them," Singleton said. "I'm dong my best to get out there for a camp this summer and see it for myself. But, as of right now, they are recruiting me really hard and making some good points about the school.

"I want to see them play in the fall and see how I like it."

Singleton's current offer list is UCLA, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Tennessee. Notre Dame and Auburn are showing considerable interest.

Singleton just completed his track season and now has time to take more visits. He plans to camp at Oklahoma, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Ole Miss this summer, if the schedule permits.

Still considered "wide open," Singleton wants to enjoy the process and not rush a decision.

"This is just a blessing, and I'm trying to be smart about it," Singleton said. "I don't have a reason to be in a rush, and these camps should help me make a better list."

Madison Central is known as an Ole Miss pipeline, and the Rebels picked up two defensive linemen - Carlton Martin and Bryon Bennett - from the school this past February. Singleton visited the Rebels multiple times as a junior with his teammates, and public perception has considered Singleton close to a lock to sign with Ole Miss.

He's picked up on those opinions and been bothered by them.

"I realize what everybody is saying, and it's frustrating at times," Singleton said. "I'm from Madison, Bryon and Carlton signed with Ole Miss, and my brother goes to Ole Miss. But I'm not anything like my brother. It's strictly going to be my decision, and I'm thinking about every school before making my decision. It doesn't work like everybody is saying.

"Ole Miss is a good fit, and they are recruiting me, and I have interest there, but I'm just not going to follow to be following. I'm open, and they are in it, of course."

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