Korey Singleton, who set a county record last fall by rushing for 1,817 yards for Oakland Mills High School to earn Howard County Sun Player of the Year honors, has announced he will attend Northwestern University on a full football scholarship.
Singleton, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior running back/linebacker, rushed for 24 touchdowns and averaged 8.1 yards per carry to lead the Scorpions to a 9-1 regular-season record before a knee injury forced him to miss the Class 3A playoffs. The Scorpions lost in the state semifinals in overtime to C. Milton Wright, 13-7.
Singleton said his decision came down to Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., and Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. Northwestern, located just outside of Chicago, is a Big 10 conference school with a glowingacademic reputation.
"As soon as I stepped on the campus at Northwestern, I felt more at home than at Wake Forest. The people are realfriendly," said Singleton, who maintains a 3.6 grade point average. "Northwestern has one of the top educational schools in the country. I would have liked to stay closer to home, but as far as my future isconcerned, Northwestern was my best decision."
Singleton plans tosign a national letter of intent next Wednesday, Feb. 6, the first day high school seniors can sign with Division I schools. The signing period lasts until April 1.
Northwestern, which has finished at ornear the bottom of the Big 10 standings for much of the last 25 years -- the conference includes such perennial powers as Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana and Iowa -- recruited Singleton to play running back. He may be red-shirted as a freshman. If not, he couldsee playing time next year.
Northwestern showed late interest in Singleton, who had drawn serious early attention from Maryland, NorthCarolina State, Georgia Tech and Rutgers. Those schools began to back off after hearing about Singleton's knee injury.
Singleton suffered a minor tear of the medial collateral ligament in the ninth game of the season against Glenelg. The injury did not require surgery, and Singleton said he has rehabilitated the knee. He is now lifting weights and running regularly and plans to be on the Scorpions' track team this spring.
Singleton marks the third Oakland Mills football player to go to Northwestern on scholarship. Mike Lewis and Tony Coates, who graduated in 1980 and 1982 respectively, were the others.
"I just got a call one day from Northwestern out of the blue. They wanted to see film of him," Oakland Mills coach Ken Klock said. "They looked at it, called right back and said he was an offer."
Singletonplans to study either sports medicine or biomedical engineering.
Said Klock, "If Korey goes into medicine, he could be a doctor in hisfield with his work ethic. There's no doubt he can do it. The student body here never looks at Korey as a superstar, because he doesn't project that image. You'd think this would be a time for a kid to beathis chest after what he's done. But Korey never takes the credit."