Below are how the various recruiting services had Singl Clarkson Golden Knights clotheseton rated:Recruiting serviceStarsOverall rankingRB rankingState ranking247Sports5-starNo. 19No. 1No. 1247Sports Composite5-starNo. 31No. 1No. 1ESPN4-starNo. 57No. 3No. 2Rivals4-starNo. 43No. 1No. 2On35-starNo. 16No. 1 WVU vs. Pitt Rivalry Jerse


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The future of James Franklin's offense at Penn State will see the field during Thursday's night game at Purdue — even if only sparingly.

Running back Nick Singleton represented one of the crown jewels of the Nittany Lion Cedar Crest Falcons Jerseys s' 2022 recruiting class, and one of the team's highest-rated prospects in several years. But his appearance likely won't be a coronation.

As undoubtedly talented as Singleton is, he still must fight to play his way into the starting rotation alongside Keyvone Lee — the team's leading rusher in 2020 and 2021 — and redshirt junior Devyn Ford, as well as fellow incoming freshman Kaytron Allen.

That said, Penn State running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider confirmed on Tuesday that both freshman — one of only four scholarship running backs on the roster — will see the field vs. Purdue:

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“I’m just going to tell you — the two freshmen are going to play,” Seider said (via Main Line Media News). “I know everybody wants to know that. I’m high on them. I’m very high on them."

Based on the praise Seider has heaped on Singleton ahead of the season, it stands to reason he could step into a larger role — and soon. With that, The Sporting News has everything you need to know about the Nittany Lions' potential star:

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Singleton, of Reading, Penn., was among the most highly recruited players in the country in the 2022 recruiting class. The 2021-22 Gatorade National Player of the Year ultimately chose the Nittany Lions over a group of finalists that included Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

He was considered a consensus top-three running back recruit and was rated no lower than No. 2 among recruits out of Pennsylvania. His highest ranking among the recruiting services was No. 16, via On3; his lowest rating was 57th, from ESPN.

Moreover, Singleton is Penn State's highest-rated recruit (per 247Sports' Composite rankings) since linebacker Brandon Smith in 2018. He also is the team's highest-rated running back recruit — and first five-star at the position — since Miles Sanders (No. 21 overall) in 2016.

Below are how the various recruiting services had Singleton rated:

Recruiting service Stars Overall ranking RB ranking State ranking
247Sports 5-star No. 19 No. 1 No. 1
247Sports Composite 5-star No. 31 No. 1 No. 1
ESPN 4-star No. 57 No. 3 No. 2
Rivals 4-star No. 43 No. 1 No. 2
On3 5-star No. 16 No. 1 WVU vs. Pitt Rivalry Jerseys No. 1
On3 Consensus 5-star No. 27 No. 1 No. 1

Nick Singleton high school stats

Singleton boasts an incredible multi-year stat line at Governor Mifflin High School (Shillington, Penn.) It was obvious from his freshman season onward that he had next-level talent, which culminated in a 2,000-yard rushing season as a senior.

His stats, via Penn State and MaxPreps:

Season Yards Carri Cedar Crest Falcons shirt es YPC Touchdowns
Freshman 1,266 102 12.4 24
Sophomo WVU vs. Pitt Rivalry shirt re 1,690 180 9.3 32
Junior 1,311 107 12.3 22
Senior 2,059 165 12.5 4 Charleston Cougars shirt 4
Career 6,326 554 11.4 116

Nick Singleton highlights

Seider on Tuesday described Singleton as having massive star potential — a player with blistering speed who can break games open:

“I always compare him to (former Penn State runni Notre Dame vs. USC Rivalry shirt ng back Journey Brown)," Sanders said of Singleton. "You never knew how fast Journey was because he was so effortless. You know how fast Nick is. It’s like if you get in front of Antelope Valley College Jerseys a freight train.”

Singleton's not just a speed back, however: The 6-0, 219-pound back also has a toughness that should help him in pass-blocking.

“In our offense you gotta be able to protect that QB,” Seider said. “That’s huge. That’s always a challenge for young guys. These young guys were here in the spring, so they got a large dose of that in the spring and in the summer and a lot in fall camp. Are they going to be perfect? No.

“We got two young kids who are extremely strong Florida vs. Georgia Rivalry Jerseys for their age, so power won’t be an issue for either one of East Stroudsburg Warriors shirt those guys. They’re willing blockers. If you want to do it, you’ll get the job done.”

What does that mean for Singleton this season? Based on reviews from spring and fall practices, the early enrollee should be able to break through as a freshman in 2022.

“(They have) the it factor,” Seider said of Singleton and Allen. “Some kids get it right away. Some kids take time. They’re the type of kids who are ready right now.”

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