Chris Hays

Someone will find gem in Bishop Moore's little, lightning-fast scat back Jalen Singleton

"But you do have to wonder with a 5-3, 5-4 kid, how do you expect him to pick up a 240-pound rusher off the end? So they have to concern themselves about what they do with him when they give the ball to someone else."

Yes Hedrick understands the process and doesn't necessarily agree with everything, but it's hard to argue logic. But sometimes it just depends on trends.

"If someone from a Division I school were to come in here and make Jalen an offer, he'd have three or four more within the week," Hedrick said. "Sometimes you just have to get lucky. It's hard placing some of these kids sometimes."

Right now he's gotten interest from schools like Division II Mars Hill and random junior colleges. Hedrick says he has the grades and that shouldn't be an issue.

Perhaps lifts?

It's not always the best thing to be tall, however.

Consider Tampa Plant RB-DE/LB James Wilder Jr., the No. 1 ranked player in the state in the Sentinel's 2011 Florida Top 100.

Colleges are drooling over this specimen of an athlete, who stands in at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. He rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns for state champion Tampa Plant last year. People will talk for years about the 42-yard TD run he had in the 2009 title game when he bowled over three would-be Manatee tacklers in one blow en route to the end zone. College coaches, however, want him on defense. He had 125 tackles last season at an average of 10 per game. He also led the Plant defense with 17 sacks and blocked three kicks.

But he wants to play running back, like his father, the longtime Tampa Bay Bucs running back of the same name.

USC, Miami and Missouri (where his father played) all have told him he could run the ball. He'll just have to decide where he wants to go. But of his 20+ offers, you'd think a guy like Wilder could have his choice of college.

Singleton knows the feeling, although he has far fewer choices than Wilder. Like Hedrick said, however, luck sometimes has a way of evening things out.

As the runt of the litter, perhaps Singleton will find his own Web-spinning spider. If he did, it would surely spin words like "Terrific Pig."

Chris Hays is the recruiting coordinator for the Orlando Sentinel. He can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com.
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