April 27, 2011
He's Lucky No. 7
If you want to find a player who can be a difference maker for your program, Port Arthur Memorial's Terrence Singleton appears to present that package.
And that's why the Baylor coaching staff moved with exceptional speed to land the seventh commitment of the 2012 recruiting class.
Follow the April 27 timeline:
* At 7:30 a.m, Singleton said he believes the coaching staff is reviewing his film.
* At 8:45 a.m., an offer is extended.
* At 3:30 p.m., Singleton gives his verbal commitment.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. The first day a recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1, 2012. Baylor was the first team to offer Singleton but Texas A&M and Utah appeared to be moving in that direction. This is new assistant coach Carlton Buckels' first commitment.
But here's why the Bears won this recruitng battle. Since the 5-11 Singleton is the quarterback for this team, the Bears recruited him that way. The Aggies and Utes were looking at offering him as a defensive back.
Singleton has the makeup to play quarterback. His arm strength is noted. As he prepares for his second year as the Titans' starter, he will continue to work on accuracy and the touch passes. But the difference maker abilities are in the fact that he accounted for 2,890 total yards and 36 touchdowns. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,147 yards and 22 TDs with only eight interceptions. He used his 4.45 speed to rush for 743 yards and 14 TDs. With that kind of production, it's no wonder why Memorial averaged nearly 33 points per game and advanced to the Class 5A Division II Region III semifinals.
"I went to the Baylor-Texas game last year, and really came away impressed with [Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin],'' Singleton said. "He's a very balanced player. That's what drew my interest to them. We run the same type of offense. I'm very excited. It shows that hard work pays off.''
Memorial coach Kenny Harrison is convinced that Singleton's recruitment will accelerate. So this is going to be a case where Buckels and the staff will have to work to maintain a solid line of communication. It's likely fair to say that A&M will still continue to pursue Singleton. Singleton was at A&M's spring game on April 16 and has had a pretty good relationship with that staff.
Still, the Baylor connection illustrates that somebody can say something different to a recruit and it just registers. There's no explanation for it.
"We run a spread offeense and we can showcase Terrence's arm and legs,'' Harrison said. "That's what sold him. I don't think people will shy away from him. He had the willingness to play defensive back but there's something about playing quarterback that means something to him. He enjoys [Baylor coach] Art Briles and the program is up and coming. It's a Big 12 school and it's close to home. He's a high charater kid.''
Harrison said Singleton's core GPA is over 3.0. Singleton is scheduled to take the SAT on May 7. Memorial begins spring football workouts on May 4.
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