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D.J. Singleton

Position: S

Height: 6/3

Weight: 200

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

High school: St. Peter’s Prep

Recruitment: Scholarship

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Safety D.J. Singleton switched from Wisconsin — where he signed for the 2012 class — to NU after an official visit this weekend. Singleton failed to qualify academically to play for the Badgers this year, and opened up his recruiting after Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.

Enter the Huskers, who last year offered the 6-foot-3 200-pounder from Jersey City, N.J., out of St. Peter’s Prep.

“I committed because it was a better place for me and my family,” Singleton told The World-Herald via text message. “I liked Wisconsin, but with the coaching changes, I felt that it was a better move.”

Singleton can enroll in January and expects to compete early for playing time at safety. Out of St. Peter’s last year, Singleton had offers from the Badgers, Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Miami, among other schools.

Our take: In a league other than the Big Ten, Singleton might be a better fit for linebacker. But Nebraska’s plenty full there, and Singleton’s built for the rigors of the Big Ten, so he immediately becomes an intriguing prospect. Good speed, big tackler, needs to take better angles once he gets to college and needs to learn the defense quickly. Singleton is a candidate to play immediately on defense and on special teams. Whether he wins a starting job at safety depends on how fast he is and how well he understands the run fits of Nebraska’s defense.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Singleton picks Nebraska while Cook switches to Alabama (Omaha.com)
D.J. Singleton now set for Nebraska (ESPN.com)
Getting to know: D.J. Singleton (HuskerOnline.com)

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