Archer’s football team could serve as extras in the next Under Armour commercial. Pass the look test? The Tigers can drop a perfect score on that one.
There are five Archer standouts with UGA offers, but the most underrated might be Dylan Singleton. He doesn’t have the elite size like a Kyle Davis or an Isaiah Pryor. He’s no prototype for his position like EJ Price or a Jaymest Williams.
But he makes play after play. Need a bone-jarring hit from the corner spot? The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder will do that right after shaking two defenders and out-running an angle for a touchdown on offense. One national scout recently told the AJC if he could pick just one Tiger to win a huge game with, he’d pick Singleton.
That’s akin to picking the shiniest Ferrari in the showroom. But who would Singleton choose among an assembly line of offers to go play college football?
“Georgia is very high on my list,” the rising senior said. “They are a top school for me. Tennessee and Ohio State are right with them, too.”
He likes the thought of being close to home in Athens and the atmosphere on Saturdays. He’s gained a lot of respect for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and all of the coaching staff.
“They really just like nice family guys,” he said. “I like being around them.”
Singleton shared two nuggets with the AJC: 1) Most recruiters are looking at him as a safety; 2) Ohio State is probably recruiting him the hardest.
“I think I can go up there to Ohio State and have some success,” Singleton said. “I talk to their coaches a lot. I like (Ohio State co-defensive coordinator) Chris Ash a lot. My Dad likes Ohio State. I can see myself going up there and playing well. I plan to get up there sometime soon this summer. They are high on my list, too.”
He also placed Tennessee in his top group.
“I really like their facilities at Tennessee,” he said. “It’s real nice. I went to a spring game up there and I really liked the atmosphere there just at the spring game. It was different from what I’ve seen before.”
Singleton plans to make his commitment at the end of the month or during the first week of July. He’s recovering from shoulder surgery. He hasn’t seen any action on the 7-on-7 circuit this summer in order for it to mend well.
He’s rated a four-star recruit at cornerback by the 247sports composite matrix and as the No. 28 cornerback for the 2016 class and the No. 23 player in Georgia this year. He would be a good fit in Athens at either corner or safety.
Pruitt’s scheme places a premium on players who can fill various role in the secondary. He fits that description and his 2014 stats back that up. He recorded a team-best 143 total tackles, snagged four interceptions and broke up another 13 passes. He told the AJC he would be comfortable playing at corner or safety at the next level.
Singleton said he’s been able to start lifting weights again. He also told the AJC he does not plan to be an early enrollment candidate. He was asked what school he wished was on his offer list. LSU came back as a quick reply.
He would welcome a few touches as an athlete on offense. Singleton was credited with 1,033 combined all-purpose yards and 18 scores last season. Those came as a runner, receiver and kick returner.
The rising senior said he might be a part of the elite “Dawg Night” prospect camp in Athens on July 18, but would not be working out. He’s making sure his shoulder is fully healed for this fall.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.