It's been quite some time that the Cougars have had a consistent group of players in the secondary start week in and week out. For awhile now, the defensive back rotation has been a mess. The only one starter who you knew would start each Saturday was Daquawn Brown, who is now a Fresno State Bulldog after being dismissed from the team last December. We saw guys from Brown to walk-on's like Beau Glover appear in the secondary for Washington State last year because their passing defense was horribly sloppy. Freshman Deion Singleton, however, could be the guy that helps fix the Cougars defense woes. The problem is that you'll have to wait until 2016 to see him in a game.
Singleton's path to Pullman is an interesting one. Up until the end of his junior year of high school, he was living in Tallahassee, Fla. playing football at Godby High School where he helped them win the 6A State championship. When his older brother Lionell signed a contract to play football with the Tri-Cities Fever in the Indoor Football League, Deion moved with him to Pasco where he attended Chiawana High School. In his senior season, he was a key contributor to the Chiawana team that won a 4A State title. A four-star prospect by ESPN.com, Singleton heralded offers from a plethora of SEC schools including Louisiana State, Arkansas, and Ole Miss.
Coach Mike Leach announced after the final spring practice this year that Singleton would sit out the 2015 season. Singleton should be able to get plenty of opportunity on the practice field to make an impression on first-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and during Thursday Night Football as well. He may be on the sidelines on Saturdays this fall, but don't be surprised if you hear good things come out of practice about Singleton's competitive spirit and talent.
One big question
Will Singleton be strictly a defensive back at WSU? While at Chiawana, he was named All-Area First Team wide receiver with 45 receptions for 838 yards and nine touchdowns. With four years of eligibility, it's not a complete shot in the dark to think we might hear a report about Singleton seeing some reps as a receiver in practice, is it? Regardless of where he plays, Singleton is a name Cougar fans should get familiar with.
Name - Deion Singleton
Position - Safety
Year - Freshman
Height/weight - 6'2, 190 pounds
Hometown - Pasco, Wash.