The Washington State coaching staff was waiting for this news to hit the press, or the fax, either way Deion Singleton is a Coug.
For most of the Wazzu faithful, this is a pleasant surprise, but for Mike Leach and coaches this was expected. The 6’2, 175 lbs prospect out of Chiawana high school in Pasco, WA was on his official visit to Washington State this past weekend and the question was whether or not he would be caught up in his academics by the Fall semester. Apparently, we have our answer (at least as much as the coaches expect to be the case by that time); hopefully and most likely. Leach generally doesn’t send offers to kids who won’t make it academically, but he’s taking a slight risk here.
Looking at the film, Singleton is one of the most natural pure athletes in this Washington State class. He is a natural strider with terrific ball skills and a knack for finding the endzone once he gets his hands on it. He’s not perfect, as he will line up (at least at the outset of things) at Safety for WSU and still needs to work on tackling technique and a cleaner backpedal, but he’s one to keep an eye on. He is one of two Safeties in the class, with Markell Sanders already enrolled.
Before Chiawana, Singleton was stationed in Tallahassee, garnering full-ride offers from the likes of South Carolina, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Auburn and a whole lot more. He was a unanimous 4-star prospect before getting docked for the aforementioned academic issues.
Teams backed off and he fell out of the limelight, but make no mistake, he’s as good or better as a senior as he was when he was a junior. He offers another option to start as a true freshman in the defensive backfield. This is a steal for Cougar nation!