September 20, 2010

Singleton adds two teams to new top five

Ole Miss' performance Saturday was far from the best showcase for prospects to view Rebel football.

Vanderbilt's 28-14 win in Oxford, Miss., resulted in lots of empty seats by the time it was over and a 1-2 record by Ole Miss in the standings. It wasn't a day to impress those recruits in attendance. But it didn't seem to necessarily hurt the Rebels' chances either.

At least that's the case with Madison (Central), Miss., wide receiver Tobias Singleton.

Singleton made the trip to Oxford on Friday, due to the Jaguars' open date, and spent the night with his brother - an Ole Miss student -- and some other friends. He watched the game with approximately 100 other prospects and simply viewed it as one of those days.

"Every team loses from time to time, and things don't always go the way you want them to," Singleton said. "Ole Miss is going to stay in my top five, and I'm interested. There's playing time there, and the last two years have shown you can win there."

According to multiple prospects in attendance Saturday, the playing time factor was a common conversation topic. Recruits see opportunity, Singleton said.

"All of us want to get on the field and have the chance to win," said Singleton. "I want to see Ole Miss respond, but it wasn't a huge deal."

The Rivals250 standout has consistently stayed away from a leader but is happy to delve out the current top five for his services. A new name is now on the list - a big name, in fact.

Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma are the regulars, and Georgia has been a constant since the summer. For the final spot, Oklahoma State and UCLA are presently out. Alabama is in.

"I like Alabama because while they run the ball, they still highlight a receiver or two," Singleton said. "They show they can get the ball to playmakers, no matter what offense is being run."

Singleton will visit MSU this weekend for the Bulldogs' game against Georgia and plans to return to Oxford when Ole Miss plays Kentucky in two weeks. He intends to schedule an unofficial visit to Alabama in the coming weeks, while Oklahoma will likely be an official visit later in the year.

Singleton told last month that quarterbacks would play a major role in his college decision. With the two in-state schools competing for his signature, judging those quarterbacks isn't the easiest process.

Ole Miss sophomore Nathan Stanley is currently in a back-up role to senior Jeremiah Masoli, and MSU redshirt freshman Tyler Russell is splitting snaps with junior Chris Relf.

Russell has completed 63 percent of his passes for 356 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Stanley is 8-of-12 for 134 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He started the Jacksonville State game and played one series at Tulane.

"People tell me about Stanley, and I know he's a good quarterback," Singleton said. "I get what information I can.

"And I've known about Tyler for a long time. I didn't see Saturday's game (State's 29-7 loss to LSU) but I'll be there this week. Tyler can throw it."

Madison Central is undefeated this season and plays rival Clinton this Friday.

"We're always a big game for them, but we'll be ready for them also," Singleton said.

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