November 24, 2010

Singleton set to see Egg Bowl

Madison (Central), Miss., wide receiver Tobias Singleton has been waiting on this opportunity ever since the last one ended.

One year ago, Madison Central entered the Mississippi 6A North Half final at 13-0. The Jaguars exited 13-1, thanks to South Panola, the team that has dominated Magnolia State for the better part of the last decade. This Friday, the two teams meet again in the same scenario. The winner goes to the state final.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday in Madison.

Madison's lone blemish is a regular season loss to Northwest Rankin, while South Panola has coasted through much of the schedule. The Tigers are currently the No. 1 team nationally, according to Rivals.com, although their quarterfinal win over Olive Branch was a relatively pedestrian 24-13 victory.

Seeing a team stay close to the perennial power adds to Singleton's excitement.

"We respect them," the Rivals.com four-star said. "They're good, but they aren't all they're talked up to be. We're good too. We know we can play with them. The Olive Branch game gave us confidence, and we've been motivated for this game for a long time now."

However, for Madison to win, it must do something it couldn't last year: stop the run. South Panola has rushed for more than 4,100 yards this season, led by Qyendairs Griffin, who has 2,292 rushing yards.

The Tigers also feature Nickalos Brassell, a four-star wide receiver that can hurt opponents from all over the field. Brassell has approximately 1,500 all-purpose yards.

"You have to stop Griffin to have a chance," Singleton said. "They'll run it until you can stop it, but you better watch the receivers also. They're athletic and can run.

"We better score when we have chances."

Singleton has 1,124 yards from scrimmage and 1,820 all-purpose yards. He's scored 19 touchdowns this season.

SINGLETON TO VISIT FOR EGG BOWL: Singleton hasn't attended many college games this season, but he plans to be in attendance for Mississippi State-Ole Miss clash Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

Both the Rebels and Bulldogs are in Singleton's top-five choices for college, and they are likely the top two. Singleton says he thinks he knows which school he'll sign with, but the Rivals250 standout wants to wait until the U.S. Army All-America Bowl on Jan. 8, to make it public.

Singleton (6-foot-2, 185) says the Egg Bowl could play a role in his decision.

"This game is definitely a factor for me," Singleton said. "I haven't signed yet, and I want to see this. I want to see a team play with passion and excitement. I want to see energy. I'm still looking at offenses. There are things that could impress me."

Singleton has consistently said he wants to make sure the school he chooses will throw the football. He reiterated that Tuesday night during a phone interview. However, he also elaborated on what he's looking for.

"I just don't want to go somewhere that is going to run every single play," Singleton said. "You have to be balanced, and you can't throw every play, I get that, but I need to know I will be used and have an opportunity even if they aren't a pro-style offense."

Singleton is also considering official visits to Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma.

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