It's the holidays season and in that spirit we give you the gift of Day 5 in our "The 12 Days of Recruits" Series. Today we're staying on the defensive side of the ball as we look at someone that may end up stepping into the void left by the graduation of Safety Aaron Henry. That man is D.J. Singleton.
Don't forget to check out our profile and video recap of OLB and Wisconsin's own Vince Biegel from yesterday.
D.J. Singleton Personal Stats:
Hometown/High School: Jersey City, NJ/St. Peter's Prep
2011 Football Stats:
at least 48 tackles (incomplete stats available)
247sports: 3*, NR (nationally), #29 (position), #17 (state)
Rivals: 3*, NR (nationally), #22 (position), #16 (state)
Scout: 3*, no state or national rankings, #14 (position)
With the graduation of Aaron Henry there will no doubt be a void at Safety that will need to be filled. His leadership will be greatly missed, but so will his ability on the field. One player who may have a shot at being the long term replacement is D.J. Singleton.
To give you an idea of just how highly thought of this kid is he received offers from the likes of Michigan, Rutgers, Tennessee, Miami, UConn, etc. So you get the picture that this kid has something special to offer to Wisconsin.
He comes in as a huge physical specimen and also has the speed to play the position at the collegiate level, clocking a 40 time of 4.46 seconds. He will clearly be the biggest Safety most Wisconsin fans have seen. He also is a big hitter and ha a nose for being in the right spot at the right time, but that's at the high school level.
The question is can he be ready mentally and in total technique from the get go. I have a feeling that he may see some action but won't become a starter in year one. The battle for that starting spot should be one of the fun ones to watch in fall camp as Shelton Johnson, D.J. Singleton, and Dez Southward are a pretty solid core of players to look at in the backfield of the defense.
You'll probably want to skip to about the 3 minute mark of the video below as Singleton isn't highlighted until just past that point, but it's def. worth checking out what ex-NFL players have to say about him.