October 28, 2010

Singleton knows his college destination

With the football season more than halfway finished, the number of home games available for unofficial visits is dwindling rapidly.

For Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Saturday represents quite the battle day, when both schools attempt to lure prospects to each respective campus and away from the rivals' important game.

For the most part, the situations are similar. MSU hosts Kentucky at 6 p.m., and Ole Miss entertains No. 3 Auburn at 5 p.m. Both games are on the ESPN family of networks.

One of the major targets for both programs is Madison (Central), Miss., wide receiver Tobias Singleton. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound speedster has a top three of Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma, and it looks like the Bulldogs will be the team getting his presence this weekend.

"I'm going to go to State-Kentucky this weekend, and then I'll go to Ole Miss next weekend for homecoming. I want to go to State and see some players and some people."

The visits are important, as Singleton makes a point to check out the two in-state schools' offenses and the use of their wide receivers. However, as of now, the Rivals.com four-star prospect knows what he wants to do. He's actually known for a while.

"I've known for about a month where I plan to sign," Singleton said. "I'm still waiting until the Army All-American Bowl Jan. 8 to announce because anything can happen between now and then, but I've definitely got one on my mind."

One intriguing twist to Singleton's recruitment is that, according to him, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are both using quarterbacks not currently getting many - or any - snaps as a selling point.

The Bulldogs, Singleton said, are talking about the ability of redshirt freshman Tyler Russell and redshirt Dylan Favre - each was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi after their senior years.

Ole Miss mainly touts junior college redshirt Randall Mackey, a mobile threat that led the NJCAA in passing yards and was second in touchdown passes as a sophomore at East Mississippi Community College. Mackey was a PARADE All-America selection out of Bastrop High School.

"Russell is somebody they tell me is going to be really good," Singleton said. "And then I hear about Favre, and what he can do. For Ole Miss, it's the redshirt guy, Mackey, that's it. He's the main one and supposedly can do a lot of things. (Redshirt sophomore Nathan) Stanley might be mentioned, but the other one is the main one."

Singleton - months into the recruiting process - has become cynical about all the sales pitches.

"Everybody just tells me I can be a playmaker," Singleton said. "They just tell you whatever they think you want to hear. It's whatever to get you to go to that school.

"You have to be comfortable and just make your own decision based on what you see."

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