Although the Horn Lake High football team limped to a 2-10 finish in 2015, Keetrone Singleton, Jr. still came away with a rather notable accolade, one he’s hoping will pay off mightily for him in the coming months.
Listed as an “athlete” on the Eagles’ roster, in large part because of his ability to play multiple positions on both sides of the ball, Singleton, Jr. was the recipient of the team’s Eagle Award, which is the highest award given to any player on the team.
According to a Horn Lake athletic department official, it is the only award that includes votes from school administrators and coaches.
In addition, the award acknowledges an athlete’s overall character, most notably one’s work ethic, academics and sportsmanship, among other attributes.
“An Eagle Award recipient is the athlete that best represents Horn Lake High School, our team values, and is an ambassador of our program,” Singleton, Jr. told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.
As far as Singleton, Jr. is concerned, he’s clinging to lofty aspirations of being afforded the golden opportunity of putting his football talents on display at the collegiate level.
Moreover, he hopes college scouts and recruiters will take into account the favorable strides he’s made in recent years, a trend that, to his credit, was culminated by the team’s most prestigious individual award.
“I want recruiters and coaches to see the determination that I have to offer any college willing to give me a chance to show that I have what it takes to be a player on the next level,” Singleton, Jr. said. “Keeping in mind, I am a coachable athlete that will work hard on my game. Therefore, my heart and self-determination will push beyond my boundaries to become (a better player).
Although he is roughly six months removed from having completed his senior season, Singleton has proven, among other things, that now is not the time to let up, particularly as it relates to solidifying an athletic scholarship.
Singleton, Jr. has yet to field any official offers, but admittedly isn’t ruling out hope.
“I have a regular daily workout routine that I am committed to challenging myself for preparation of getting on a college football team,” said Singleton, Jr., adding that he will welcome the idea of becoming a walk-on for a college football program. “I spend my quality time on weekends developing skills for the college level.
“For a defensive player, my biggest strength would consist of breaking down the plays in the film room and communicating with defensive backs on the field,” Singleton, Jr. continued. As an offensive player, my biggest strength from playing quarterback, I could read the defenses. While playing other positions such as running back and wide receiver, I can catch the ball (effectively), run where there is grass and block the defenders.”
The biggest mystery now is whether some school will grant Singleton the chance to extend his football career.
Fortunately for him, he’s earnestly clinging to high hopes.
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