All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. Here is a profile of true freshman running back Nick Singleton.
Weight: 219 pounds
Hometown: Shillington, Pennsylvania
Before Penn State: Singleton comes to Penn State with more anticipation than any 2022 signee with the possible exception of quarterback Drew Allar.
Singleton’s performance at Governor Mifflin High School in 2021 (2,059 yards and 44 touchdowns rushing) was good enough for him to earn both regional and national accolades. He won the 2021 Gatorade National Player of the Year, Mr. PA Football and was selected to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl.
Singleton was rated the No. 1 running back in the 2022 class by 247Sports’ composite rankings. He chose Penn State over Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.
Where he stands:
Although Singleton might not be Penn State’s No. 1 running back right away, he’s expected to contribute in his first season.
With Keyvone Lee entering his third season at Penn State and fellow true freshman Kaytron Allen a blue chip in his own right, Singleton will have some healthy competition. At the same time, five-star talents don’t come along often, and the expectation is that Singleton’s rise to the top of Penn State’s depth chart will be a matter of when, not if.
A quote about Singleton:
On early signing day last December, Penn State coach James Franklin talked about the type of duo that Singleton and Allen, a four-star out of the famous IMG Academy, could be once they get going at Penn State.
“It’s funny because people talk about them being ‘Thunder’ and ‘Lightning’ and that Nick is an undersized scat back,” Franklin said. “Nick’s 215 pounds and has the ability to go 80 (yards). I don’t know if there’s a better running back class in the country.”