One of the big focuses for the Nebraska football program in our season was remaking the secondary. That included adding more depth to the safety position. DeShon Singleton is one of the new faces in Lincoln . He is impressing secondaries coach Travis Fisher.
As a recruit, Singleton was the sixth overall safety in the 2022 class, and the 11th overall player in his class from the state of Louisiana per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Singleton played for Hutchinson Community College last season, and performed well. He recorded 21 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, and two pass breakups.
The safety position is a crowded one for Nebraska football at the moment. Myles Farmer, Javier Morton, and Noa Pola-Gates are just some of the names at the position. Nevertheless, Singleton is standing out.
He has tremendous athletic ability, and is a tall, rangy defender. Measuring in at six-foot-three, 205 pounds, the sophomore has rangy size.
Athleticism key for Nebraska football
That athleticism may help him work through a crowded safety room. As noted in a report from Brian Christopherson of 247Sports, Singleton can do a variety of things.
“Offers us a lot in the pass game as well as the run game, being a big safety, being able to tackle, but he can also and cover and run. He can play a lot of corner too so he can cover all across the field. Fast guys too. I’m not just talking about tight ends too. He’s lining up against slot receivers and taking a man across the field and doing a great job.”
In particular, Singleton’s ability to cover slot receivers could be a benefit for Nebraska football. Slot receivers are becoming a bigger part of today’s game. Having somebody that can cover on the inside, particularly in the red zone, is important.
Singleton could end up being a Swiss Army knife on the Nebraska football defense. His versatility gives him the chance to have instant success.