Five-star talks top five

Oct 23, 2021 | 0 comments

With Florida falling to No. 17 in the 247 Team Recruiting Composite after losing its top-rated commit Shemar James, good news has been hard to come by lately when it comes to the Gators’ recruiting efforts. However, some good news was released on Friday night by Jacksonville (Fla.) Riverside five-star cornerback Jaheim Singletary‍.

After taking his first two official visits to Ohio State and Georgia, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder said he has his official visit to Florida scheduled.

“My last three visits are going to be Florida, Miami, and either LSU or Oklahoma,” said Singletary. “Florida is set for December 12th.” 

In Friday night's 28-20 win over Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, Singletary actually did more damage as a receiver than a defensive back, coming up with a couple of long receptions.

“During spring of my 10th-grade year, when schools were coming in, they were recruiting me more as a receiver because that's where I was practicing and doing my thing,” explained Singletary. “Like now, Kirby Smart likes me playing some at receiver, and coach [Brian] Hartline of Ohio State was talking about playing some receiver. That talk is off and on because they know I'm going to college to play DB.”

The one time Ohio State commit said that he is currently focusing on five programs.

“Georgia, Florida, Miami, LSU, and Oklahoma,” was the reply from Singletary when asked about a leaderboard. When asked if that was in order, he said, “That's not really in order, that's just the five.”

Though Georgia seemingly has the lead, Singletary insisted that isn't the case.

“Really, I'm giving everybody a fair chance, that's why I'm taking all five official visits and taking some unofficial visits. I'm trying to catch as many games as I can to see what the atmosphere and the vibe are like at as many places as I can.”

One recent unofficial visit was when he traveled to Gainesville to watch Florida take on Alabama.

That trip stuck out to him.

“It was an amazing game,” said Singletary. “I loved the energy of the team. Florida can be a great team if they can get the pieces in place and put everything together. The atmosphere was great, and the love the fans showed me, and even after the game, that was an important game for them, and the coaches still talked to me and my family and showed us love.”

To end the interview, he said that he doesn't have an announcement timeline in mind.

“No date's been set, I'm just going with the flow,” answered Singletary.

Singletary is the No. 18 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

The Inside Scoop: Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the last time I actually saw Singletary in person was roughly 14 months ago, when I visited his high school. Back then, in speaking to some around the program, they said that he let his early five-star ranking go to his head a little bit, and after speaking with him, they were right. He was playing up the ranking and came off as a ‘me’ type. Friday night was a complete 180 from the last time I spoke with him. He played hard throughout the game and really has matured off the field. Florida is in the running, but you still have to like Georgia's chances right now. When he read off his top five, I asked if that was in order, at first he responded, 'Yeah' before immediately correcting himself saying it really wasn't in order.

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