November 29, 2010

Singleton in full recruiting mode

With Tobias Singleton's football season over, the four-star wide receiver has switched to recruiting mode.

Madison Central fell to national No. 1 South Panola Friday night in the Mississippi 6A semifinals, and Singleton quickly turned the page. He unofficially visited Oxford, Miss., for the annual rivalry game between Ole Miss and Mississppi State. Then, Sunday, the Bulldogs visited Singleton at his home in Madison.

The Rivals250 prospect leaves Friday for UCLA, the first of five official visits.

"It was a good weekend," Singleton said. "I left Friday night, got up there and stayed with by brother (a sophomore at Ole Miss)."

Mississippi State built a big lead thanks to quarterback Chris Relf and held on for a 31-23 win in the Egg Bowl. Singleton went into the game wanting to watch the offenses, and he was impressed with the Bulldogs.

"It was exciting because (State) was throwing the ball all over the field," Singleton said. "I was very surprised. They were throwing it deep some, and (Relf) showed he is a real quarterback."

Many of the top in-state recruits were in attendance Saturday, and when Singleton was asked who he hung out with, the answer was more favorable news for Mississippi State.

"Jeremaine Whitehead and C.J. Johnson mainly," Singleton said. "Everybody a little bit, but they were the ones. It was a good time."

Both Whitehead and Johnson are committed to the Bulldogs. Does Singleton think they are solid to MSU?

"I think so right now," Singleton said. "It's not my place to say for sure, but it sure seems like it."

Singleton is headed to Westwood this weekend, and his pecking order of schools is cloudier than in the past. Oklahoma - thought to be in his top three - hasn't contacted the speedster recently, and Arkansas is making a push.

"I'm going out to Los Angeles to have a good time," Singleton said. "Arkansas has been coming on, so I might go there and see it. It's places I haven't been. Past that, I'm not sure. I'm still working on the top five."

After returning from Los Angeles, Singleton will head to Mobile, Ala., for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic on Dec. 11. The Alabama team has dominated the game in recent years, but Singleton is confident for this time being different. Mississippi won a regional 7-on-7 tournament back during the summer, and a lot of those skill players will be present for this game.

"We've got everything, and we know we can match-up our playmakers," Singleton said. "It's a big deal with us. We're a close group, and I know we'll win this thing."

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