A little bit of a lull in the SEC recruiting cycle has seen few prospects committing to their choice of college over the last few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that the flow has stopped completely. Mike Leach and Mississippi State are the latest school to bring a new recruit into the fold, with Raymond (Edwards, MS) High School 3-star athlete Trent Singleton pledging his future to the Bulldogs back in May.
By Steve Wright
Singleton – a class of 2022 recruit – is ranked as the No. 726 player in the class by the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is seen as the No. 62 athlete in the class and the No. 20 player in Mississippi. He chose the Bulldogs over offers from the likes of Air Force, Memphis, and Indiana.
Singleton is an interesting prospect as he is a player that played both ways as a high school junior. He threw for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Raymond quarterback, while also rushing for over800 yards and an additional 12 scores. Singleton saw the field less defensively, only playing there in big situations as his quarterbacking was so important to the school. He recorded 10 tackles and an interception and the secondary is where the 6-foot, 190-pounders future likely lies at the next level.
In the video below you can see the athletic ability and skills that make the Bulldogs think Singleton can be a safety in their 3-3-5 base defense. While the defensive plays are few and far between on his highlight video, Singleton is obviously a competitor with impressive quicks and agility who has a great feel for the game and has the ability to manipulate the opposition into doing what he wants them to do.
His defensive work – though brief – is impressive. He picks off a pass in the end zone and shows an instinctive ability to read an opposition quarterback to be in place to make a play. With more dedication to the craft of defensive back play, Singleton could be a steal as a lightly recruited player who plays above his high school metrics.