The linebacker position is a top priority for South Carolina in the 2009 recruiting class, and Coach…
Instant Analysis: Brent Singleton
The South Carolina Gamecocks leveled the playing field a bit when they secured the verbal commitment of standout athlete Brent Singleton (American Heritage, FL). Below is a breakdown of the play-making LB. Pros Speed--Singleton has excellent range and literally plays sideline to sideline. He is a solid fit player and utilizes his speed by doing a solid job of pressing seams. Can cover any threat the offense might pose including slot receivers, RBs and TEs. Explosiveness--Understands leverage and tackles through ball carriers. Takes smart angles and doesn't overrun or over-leverage the ball. Has an exceptionally strong upper body and once he clamps on, ball carriers go down. Body Control--Gets RBs down in the open-field and changes direction very well. Stays over feet and doesn't commit body or weight. In other words, he does not lunge and stays in position to make the play, all while being very aggressive. Cons Size--On the surface Singleton appears to be a bit smallish, but teams (especially SEC teams) are trending toward LBs that can simply run, regardless of size. He is fearless and is a runner and a hitter, so he will fit nicely at LB once he puts on weight. Brent Singleton has all of the tools to be a successful LB in the SEC. There may be speculation about his moving back a level to safety, but his skill set is taylor-made for playing close to the action. He is as athletic as you will find and will be able to bump out in space in certain situations, but at the end of the day, he is going to be where the action is. Special teams will always be in the equation due to his being a high-energy guy, his ability to play at such high speeds and his always being under control...but it is only going to be a matter of time before Brent Singleton is a regular. Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.
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