Paramus (NJ) Catholic linebacker Drew Singleton committed to Michigan on Friday evening. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia. LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers, among others.
Singleton is 6’2″, 215 lbs. and was selected to the Under Armour All-American Game before he tore his ACL early in his senior season.
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #3 ILB, #162 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #4 OLB, #51 overall
Scout: 4-star, #4 OLB, #72 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 95 grade, #5 OLB, #79 overall
Hit the jump for more on Singleton’s commitment to Michigan.
Singleton was offered by Michigan in April of 2015, right around the same time the staff started pursuing Jordan Anthony, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, and Ambry Thomas (LINK), all of whom have committed to Michigan. The Wolverines jumped to the top of Singleton’s list since they already had Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty on campus, and Rashan Gary committed to the Wolverines ten months later. In the meantime, Michigan also pursued teammates like 2016 WR Donald Stewart, 2017 DE Corey Bolds, and 2018 QB Allan Walters, though Walters has since transferred to the Peddie School. Paramus Catholic is a powerhouse program in New Jersey, and it used to be coached by current Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge. Clemson was really the only other school that made Singleton think twice, but Michigan has held the lead most of the way. When Singleton makes it to campus, it won’t be his first time playing in Michigan Stadium. He and the rest of the Paladins played their season opener against Maryland’s St. Frances Academy back in September, a game which Paramus Catholic won by a score of 38-20. The team went on to win the New Jersey state championship, though Singleton was watching from the sideline for most of the year.
I posted a scouting report on Singleton earlier in 2016 based on his junior year (LINK), and that junior film is really all we have to see since he tore his ACL in September of this year. I’ve watched the film a couple times since then, and all I really have to add is that I like the way he disguises and times up his blitzes. It remains to be seen how well he regains his form after that knee injury, but if he gets back to 100%, he will be Michigan’s most athletic linebacker in the 2017 class. I think he could play any of the three linebacker positions at Michigan, though he will have to bulk up if he ends up playing middle linebacker.
Michigan now has 26 commitments in the 2017 class, including four linebackers: Joshua Ross, Ben Mason, and Jordan Anthony. The class should reach somewhere around 30, and the only linebacker target who remains squarely in Michigan’s sights is Starkville (MS) Starkville’s Willie Gay.
TTB Rating: 83 (ratings explanation)
You need to login in order to vote