April 10, 2016
13.) Dylan Singleton – Duke, FS, GA, 5’11” 184-pounds
Singleton was a Composite 4 star: #190 by 24/7, ESPN #282, Scout #186, & Rivals 5.7 3-star.
When you evaluate a safety, the first thing you want to jump out at you is sound decision making. Singleton checks that box. He doesn’t take false steps in pass or run defense. Against the run he is very decisive and diagnoses things quickly. Diagnosing plays however, is only half the battle. An elite safety will read run, engage up field, take correct angles, shed blocks, and lay the wood. Singleton does all of these things well in addition to playing center field against the pass. He has fluid hip movement, and exceptional ball skills, the only thing lacking may be break away speed, but as Joe Paterno once said, “I’d rather have a slow kid running in the wrong direction than a fast one.” Well, Singleton isn’t exactly slow and he doesn’t fall victim to misdirection. Dylan is a relatively fast kid that usually moves in the right direction.
A versatile athlete and heady player, Singleton can play both free safety and corner. This is a plus for Duke because they need help at both positions.
Duke's defense was porous last season, and that's me finding the nicest positive adjective I can to describe them. The Devils gave up 3132 yards through the air last season (241 YPG) and 23 touchdowns. They 241 YPG was good for 88th in the nation and third worst in the ACC. All the safeties from last year's unit return but Singleton is one of the most heralded recruits Duke has landed and they need an instant talent infusion if they are going to do better than third-to-last in the ACC this season.
Look for Singleton to see the field early for the Blue Devils in 2016.