Nick Singleton has been giving Penn State fans something to be excited about all season.
The 6 foot, 218-pound running back from Governor Mifflin High School has been ranked as the top running back in the 2022 recruiting class by 247Sports and given a 5-star rating. His senior season– 41 touchdowns, 2,043 rushing yards– already earned him Pennsylvania’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award, and on the day before he’s scheduled to sign with Penn State, Singleton has been named Gatorade’s National Player of the Year.
Singleton beat out Clemson QB commit Cade Klubnik and Tetairoa McMillan, a wide receiver prospect committed to Oregon.
Nittany Lion great Saquon Barkley presented Singleton with the award on Zoom.
“I got some news for you,” Barkley said. “You know you’re the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year?”
Barkley’s words were followed by an eruption.
Neither Barkley nor any Penn State prospect had ever won the award. Past winners include Peyton Manning, Emmitt Smith, Kyler Murray and current Georgia quarterback J.T. Daniels.