Steven Singleton thought his dream of playing college football in the SEC was over.
After leaving LSU, Singleton sat out the 2007 football season and enrolled at Georgia Military College in 2008. The Buford grad figured he would end up at Georgia Southern after graduating from junior college, but that all changed.
"I thought I would go Division I-AA and when I got done maybe go to some combines to try and get to the NFL," Singleton said. "Once I got in touch with Georgia Military everything changed."
After a year at GMC in which he helped the Bulldogs to a 9-2 record, Singleton's dream of being in the SEC will be fulfilled next month. He plans to sign with South Carolina on National Signing Day and enroll this summer.
"I got recruited by them out of high school and they were one of my top choices in the first place," Singleton said. "I always regretted when I signed with LSU and not them."
Singleton was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman signed with LSU in Feb. 2006 and was a redshirt freshman on the Tigers' Sugar Bowl championship team.
He went through spring practice in 2007, but was not happy at the school and asked for a transfer. After being denied the transfer, Singleton came back to Georgia where he sat out the 2007 season. He enrolled at Georgia Military College last year and in May will graduate from the Milledgeville school.
It's been quite a journey the last few years, but now Singleton is ready to get back in the SEC.
"That's all I talk about is getting the chance to play in the SEC," Singleton said. "This is the most excited I've been since I signed with LSU. I just can't wait for the football season."
Singleton said he was looking at Georgia Southern, Ole Miss and Georgia as possible college options, but once he met South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier he was sold.
"I've liked him since I first met him," Singleton said. "I liked his honesty, he really cares about his players and was up front about playing time. That's what really attracted me."
Singleton said he will be a junior in the classroom next school year, but will have three years of eligibility left in football.
"I have my heart set on being a Gamecock," Singleton said.
Robinson commits to Oklahoma State
Mill Creek's Ryan Robinson committed to Oklahoma State over the weekend, head coach Shannon Jarvis confirmed on Tuesday.
The Daily Post All-County selection made 85 tackles and five sacks for the Hawks last season.
Robinson will join Central Gwinnett grad Beau Johnson and former Shiloh head coach Robert Matthews, who is the Director of Recruiting, in Stillwater, Okla.
Sachais chooses Georgetown
Buford's Andrew Sachais committed to Georgetown, head coach Jess Simpson said Monday.
The defensive end, who maintains a 4.0 GPA, had offers from Ball State, Penn, Harvard, Yale and Wofford.
Sachais helped Buford to back-to-back Class AA state championships and a 30-game winning streak. As a junior, he had 64 tackles and was second in the county with 11 sacks. Last season he made 86 tackles and six sacks.
Langston picks Gardner-Webb
Jonathan Langston was a catalyst for Grayson's stingy defense last season. The Rams linebacker will take his talents to North Carolina after committing to Gardner-Webb.
A Daily-Post All-County selection, Langston made a team leading 103 tackles and six sacks in leading the Rams to a 13-1 record.
Kenney gets offer from Oklahoma, visits Norman
Former Dacula standout Cameron Kenney told the Daily Post last week he was leaning toward playing for an SEC school.
But that was before the wide receiver got an offer from Oklahoma.
Kenney took an official visit to Norman, Okla., over the weekend and plans to visit Georgia this weekend.
The former Daily Post Offensive Player of the Year is rated one of the top junior college prospects in the country. At Garden City (Kansas) Community College last season he made 40 catches for 560 yards and five touchdowns.
Gwinnett area senior football players who have made commitments to college programs: