Michigan has had a very strong presence in the state of New Jersey within the last few recruiting cycles. Well, The Wolverines want to continue their strong connections and presence in the 2017 recruiting class. The coaching staff is pursuing a lot of targets from New Jersey, but no more than 2017 Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic) four-star OLB Drew Singleton.
The Paramus Catholic standout is still taking things slow within his recruitment and has no leaders. However, Michigan looks to be in good shape and potentially in position to take the lead in his recruitment after his visit to Michigan a few weeks ago for the spring game.
“I loved the fans and the love they showed my family and as well as the excitement and how the city changes on game day,” Singleton mentioned about his visit to Michigan. “I saw the energy from the players and the coaches, which I liked alot.”
“Michigan is a great program and provides a lot of opportunities for a education and as an athlete,” Singleton said about Michigan. “Their football program is amazing and have made a lot of strides in the right direction. They remind me of a pro team by the way they play and operate.”
Singleton’s visit to Michigan for the spring game a few weeks ago was his fourth time visiting Michigan during his recruiting process. However, this visit was a big one for the coaching staff because Singleton’s parents got to see Michigan and all they have to offer for the first time.
“My parents took the visit with me for the spring game. The visit went very well and they were very impressed by the program and what it has to offer. I know they also really liked Coach Harbaugh and how he acted and what he had to say. They think he is funny dude.”
Singleton is arguably the coaching staffs top target in the 2017 class. One of the main coaches who has been recruiting him to Michigan is his former high school football coach and now Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge. Singleton and Chris Partridge have a special relationship and have a certain type of bond together.
“Coach Partridge is a great coach and he wants the best for me no matter where I go to school,” Singleton mentioned. “He knows how to push kids to be better and relate to them. Partridge being my former high school head coach is a big factor, but there are other places with a lot of great coaches. But it’s gives Michigan a bonus because there is a coach I personally know. It’s always good to have a familiar face especially when you’re away from home, and also it lets me know I will always have someone to talk to and get what I need whatever it is.”
One of the main reasons that Singleton is being pursued by so many schools so heavily is because of his athletic ability and his potential to play any type of linebacker on the defense. With the linebacker position being a huge position of need for the coaching staff. Singleton has become a huge target for the staff and they plan to use him.
“Coach Brown and Coach Partridge have talked a lot about how they want to use me at Michigan. I love Coach Brown, he has a great defensive mind and his schemes, I trust he can develop me to the player I want to be. As of right now, they plan to use me as a true linebacker who can play all three positions at linebacker.”
The Michigan coaches are not the only ones who are recruiting Singleton to Michigan. The so-called “New Jersey Crew” and some of Singleton’s former high school teammates who are at Michigan have recruited Singleton very hard. 2016 Michigan signees: Rashan Gary, Kareem Walker, Ahmir Mitchell, and even Michigan redshirt sophomore Jabrill Peppers has recruited Singleton.
“They are all my close friends they want me to play with them, but at the same time they want me to go where ever makes me happy. It is just comfortable knowing that I could have friends where I attend schools.”
Singleton has informed me that he will be taking his time and will leave no stone unturned in his recruitment. However, many believe that Michigan and Clemson are the two schools that are standing out for Singleton. I could not get him to say those schools were sticking out, but you got the feel from Singleton.
“No leaders now, it’s too early, I’ve only seen a few schools. However, I like Michigan a lot and the consistency they have shown in my recruitment. Michigan and Coach Partridge have always been in contact with me and checking up with me. Plus, they always send recruitment letters and edits. As for Clemson, they are definitely a school I am considering. I like them a lot like Michigan. I think Clemson is a great program with a lot to offer I feel like they are truly a family in Clemson.”
Singleton plans to visit a good handful of the schools that has already offered him over the summer. Maryland, Penn State, California, Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh for now are all the schools Singleton will visit in the summer.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)