Published Saturday, December 15, 2012 AT 4:19 PM / Updated at 10:20 PM
Recruiting: Singleton picks Nebraska while Cook switches to Alabama
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN – On a wild day for Nebraska’s 2013 recruiting class, the Huskers lost a key commit to Alabama, but gained one from Wisconsin.

First, the gain: Safety D.J. Singleton switched from UW – where he signed for the 2012 class – to NU after an official visit this weekend. Singleton failed to academically qualify to play for the Badgers this year, and opened up his recruiting after Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.

Enter the Huskers – who last year offered the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Jersey City, N.J., out of St. Peter’s Prep.

“I committed because it was a better place for me and my family,” Singleton told the World-Herald via text. “I liked Wisconsin, but with the coaching changes, I felt that it was a better move.”

Singleton – who was rated a high three-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports and a four-star prospect by Scout – can enroll in January and expects to compete early for playing time at safety. Out of St. Peter’s last year, Singleton had offers from the Badgers, Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Miami (Fla.), among other schools.

Now the loss: Spanish Fort, Ala., defensive back prospect Jonathan Cook switched his commitment from Nebraska to Alabama. Cook confirmed the switch to the World-Herald via text.

A 6-foot-1, 180-pound corner who rated as a three or four-star prospect depending on the recruiting service had originally been offered a grayshirt to the Crimson Tide, but a strong senior season for Spanish Fort – which won the 5A state title – put him on Tennessee and Auburn’s radar. Alabama offered and Cook accepted.

In a text to the World-Herald, Cook called Bama his “dream school” and felt “very good” about switching his commitment.

Cook was Nebraska’s only true corner commit for the class.


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