By Parrish Alford / NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Tobias Singleton made it official Saturday, as official as a verbal commitment can be.
It had been widely speculated that Singleton, ranked the No. 3 prospect in the state and the No. 12 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com., would announce for Ole Miss.
That’s exactly what he did, flashing a hand over the Mississippi State cap before grabbing the Ole Miss one late in the first quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
South Panola wide receiver Nick Brassell, who is listed as an MSU commit and who also played in Saturday’s game, did not make an announcement.
The verbal commitment is non-binding, and Singleton has told Rivals.com writers that he intends to keep scheduled official visits to Ole Miss and MSU. He also considered UCLA at what could be the end of his recruitment.
Television commentators called it a “huge gift for Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt based on the season they had.”
Singleton had 50 catches for 730 yards and 11 TDs for Madison Central this season.
Former Amory and Northeast Community College coach Bobby Hall, now at Madison Central, accompanied Singleton and Singleton’s family during the televised announcement.
Singleton is the Rebels’ 26th commitment, the fourth wide receiver. The class is presently ranked No. 13 by Rivals.
Ole Miss picked up a commitment Thursday, then a quick signing, from junior college All-American return specialist Philander Moore. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Moore is a native of Austin, Texas. He played at Blinn College and is expected to play running back and wide receiver at Ole Miss.
Moore had previously committed to Utah but will now go through spring drills at Ole Miss, the fifth mid-year junior college pick-up for the Rebels.