It’s been a busy week for five-star running back Nick Singleton. Not only did he send his National Letter of Intent to Penn State this week, he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year.
On Tuesday, former Penn State star Saquon Barkley presented the award to Singleton while on Zoom. Barkley gave the young tailback a few pointers and congratulated him on all the success he had at Governor Mifflin High School.
Singleton finished his senior year at Governor Mifflin with 2,049 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns on 165 carries. It was an excellent way for Singleton to close out his high school career.
We caught up with Nick Singleton this week to talk about being named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year, his future at Penn State and more.
The Spun: What was it like having Saquon Barkley present the Gatorade Player of the Year award to you?
Nick Singleton: Saquon being on there [Zoom] was surprising because I always looked up to him as a big-time player at Penn State. For him to tell me I won a national player of the year award felt great. My parents and teammates were all there, so it was just great.
The Spun: What does it mean to you to win this award?
NS: It means a lot because I put a lot of work in on the field. I also put a lot of work in off the field as well. My teachers helped me out, and without them, I wouldn’t be here right now.
The Spun: What specifically drew you to Penn State?
NS: The family atmosphere, especially with Coach Franklin there. My parents went up there and felt like it was home to me. After the official visit, I could tell this is where I wanted to be.
— Nicholas Singleton (@nichola14110718) December 13, 2021
The Spun: What does it mean to you when you see how committed James Franklin is to the program?
NS: We had a Zoom about it with all the commits. He told everyone he’s staying here for the next 10 years. We were all jumping around celebrating because we came here to win a national championship and Big Ten championship. I’m glad he’ll be a part of it.
The Spun: Which running backs do you try to model your game after?
NS: Saquon Barkley, Miles Sanders, Journey Brown, and Noah Cain. Those are some players I love to watch.
The Spun: When you reflect on your high school career, what do you think?
NS: I think I had a great high school career because of my coaches and teammates. I accomplished a lot, winning the player of the year award and a rushing title for the school.
40 Total Touchdowns
10-0 Regular season record
— Gatorade (@Gatorade) December 14, 2021
The Spun: Are you excited for your first ‘White Out’ game?
NS: I’m going to be a little scared about that – it’ll be shocking. I went to three of those games, and just watching it gave me shivers. It’s going to be a great experience.
The Spun: What should Penn State fans expect out of you in 2022 and beyond?
NS: They should know we’re going to compete for a national title and conference championship while I’m here. Just stick with us.
— Nicholas Singleton (@nichola14110718) November 22, 2021
The future at Penn State is bright, and Singleton is a big reason why.
Singleton is the No. 20 overall recruit and No. 1 running back in the 2022 class, per 247Sports. He’s already drawing comparisons to Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb.
Time will tell if Singleton is the next great tailback to suit up for the Nittany Lions.