April 29, 2010

Singleton picks favorites for summer camps

Tobias Singleton spent last weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., helping lead Team Mississippi to the southeast regional championship at the BadgerSports Elite 7on7 Passing Camp.

Singleton - and other talented Mississippi playmakers -- toppled teams from Texas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. But while the weekend was busy, the Madison (Central, Miss., wide receiver thought things would slow down when he returned to school this week.

Not so. Instead, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas all visited Singleton in attempts to familiarize the 6-foot-2, 187-pounder with their programs and make pitches in hopes Singleton will attend camp this summer at their respective universities.

"The visits kind of caught me off guard," Singleton said. "After the weekend, I didn't think much would be going on, but it was crazy with all them there. Good though. I really enjoyed it."

Singleton's offer list continues to expand, as the three schools mentioned have thrown their hats into the ring with Alabama, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and UCLA.

One of two Mississippi wide receivers drawing major national interest - along with South Panola's Nickolas Brassell, Singleton is most familiar with Ole Miss, tripping to see the Rebels often and having two former teammates - Carlton Martin and Bryon Bennett -- that have signed to play in Oxford, Miss., starting this fall.

And the Rebels are in the mix, but Singleton is looking far and wide for the best fit.

"I'm an open man right now," Singleton said. "I'll visit wherever I need to and check it out. There are a lot of options, so it's impossible to say right now. I've got time to check them out and let them play out."

Singleton visited Alabama for the Crimson Tide's spring game and came away impressed with the enthusiasm for what is technically a glorified practice.

"It's pretty amazing over there," Singleton said. "Something like 92,000 people, and I met coach (Nick) Saban and his wife."

Singleton admits choosing his five official visits will be difficult, but he has a firm grasp on the handful of teams he wants to travel to for camps this summer. As of now these five are his plans: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Alabama and Georgia.

"I've got tough decisions ahead, but I've got my family on my side and can handle it," Singleton said. "I'm ready for these camps to go and perform and show the coaches my talent. They offered me, and I need to prove myself, that I'm worth it.

"It's my chance to show them in person I can spread the defense."

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