CCHS’ Brown, Singleton sign scholarship papers

MORGAN CITY — Central Catholic’s Dontrell Brown and Josh Singleton will continue their careers on the collegiate level after signing national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Both will stay in Louisiana as Brown will play at Southern University, while Singleton will continue his playing days at Nicholls State.

Brown, who is pegged at wide receiver on the next level, said Southern felt like “home” when he went on his official visit.

“I chose Southern because I feel like I can go there and make an impact on the team and better myself there,” he said. “I just felt like that was a good place.”

While Southern went through a coaching change this year as assistant coach Dawson Odums took over the head coaching position early in the season on an interim basis and later was hired as the full time coach, Brown said he was more concerned about what Southern could offer him rather than who would be leading the squad.

“I kind of already knew about Southern … because my mother and grandfather had graduated from Southern,” Brown said.

Brown, a multi-year all-state selection at Central Catholic, was the Eagles’ leading receiver this past year as he caught 41 passes for 844 yards and 11 touchdowns.

As for his prospects of playing initially at the next level, he said besides wide receiver Lee Doss, the other positions are up for grabs.

“Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to go in there and start,” he said.

Brown, also a standout basketball player at Central Catholic, said he may try to play basketball at Southern as well.

Singleton, a multi-year all-state selection, is expected to play cornerback at Nicholls State as well as return kicks and punts.

“Nicholls was the only school that stayed true to me (throughout the recruiting process this year),” he said. “I wanted to stay home so all my family could come and watch me. Because anything I do at any other school, I can do at Nicholls.”

During his high school career, he has played a variety of positions and was recognized as an honorable mention all-state selection on the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association Class 1A All-State team as well as a first-team selection on the coaches’ All-State team. He was selected as an athlete for both teams.

As a senior, Singleton played quarterback, receiver, defensive back and punter. He was 18-of-30 passing for 298 yards and 4 touchdowns while he carried the ball 37 times for 251 yards and five scores. Singleton also had 35 catches for 220 yards and 3 scores while averaging 40 yards per punt.

On defense, he had 21 solo tackles and 12 assists while grabbing two interceptions. He was also a special team’s ace.

Singleton has a unique perspective heading into college in that he played quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback, so he has an idea of the mentality of the offensive players.

But it gets even better, too.

“All the routes that I’ll see in college I ran before and all the routes that I’ve seen in college, I’ve thrown to the receivers before so I’ll be prepared for almost every route,” Singleton said. “When I get into practice I’ll be really prepared.”

While he will be competing against better athletes and the routes are more sophisticated, their philosophies are the same, he said.

In talking with Nicholls defensive back coach Ed Dillon, Singleton said he was told he has as good a shot as anyone on the team to start at corner back.

He said the coaches also like him returning kicks and punts because of his play-making ability.

Singleton, a standout baseball player at Central Catholic, also said he is contemplating walking onto the baseball team, something he said Nicholls coach Seth Thibodaux was happy to hear.

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