Penn State fans have been waiting to see Penn State freshman running back Nicholas Singleton in action since he enrolled in January, and On3 is buying into the hype.
On Tuesday, Singleton was named to the On3 Preseason True Freshman All-American team. He was the No. 31 overall recruit, The number one running back, and the number one recruit in Pennsylvania according to On3 Consensus rankings.
The 6-foot-0, 219-pound Singleton starred at Governor Mifflin High School in Shillington, Pennsylvania, where he won 2021 Gatorade National Player of the Year, Maxwell Club Offensive Player of the Year, Mr. Football in Pennsylvania in Class 4A-6A, and was selected for the All-American Bowl.
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On3 director of scouting and recruiting rankings, Charles Power, gave his assessment on how he fits the bill as one of the best overall running back in his recruiting class.
“Singleton is a top physical talent with a rocked-up build and outstanding burst, top-end speed, and physical running style. He was highly productive at the high school level, rushing for 2,043 yards (12.3 yards per carry) and 41 touchdowns on just 165 carries as a senior at Reading (Pa.) Governor Mifflin.”
There has been a buzz around the program that in practice, in the weight room, or studying film Singleton, and fellow freshman running back Kaytron Allen has lived up to the expectations every step of the way since they enrolled on campus last winter, but head coach James Franklin spoke about seeing all that he has worked on needs to translate to the field.
“Once again, they gotta do it under the lights against Big Ten competition, and other teams and conferences that we play,” Franklin said. “I think the fact that they were able to be here in the spring helped too. But they are doing very well. They are doing very well. And they have earned a lot of respect in a short period of time.”