Singleton, a senior receiver at Hahnville, has caught 38 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns. Singleton is the reigning Class 5A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles and was runner-up in the 100 hurdles. He has committed to play football at Georgia Tech.

What made you commit to Georgia Tech?

When I went up there, it was really easy to get along with the coaches. They were all really nice people. The environment was good. I went up there this season when they played Miami, and I really liked the atmosphere. It seemed like it would be really fun to play in front of that crowd.

How has it been transitioning to a new football coach (Nick Saltaformaggio) this season?

It’s been enjoyable. He brings a lot of discipline to the program. It’s been a smooth transition.

Coach Salt likes to run the ball, but it looks like you are still getting your receptions, huh?

Yeah that’s something he promised me from the beginning.

What are your thoughts about this week’s playoff game against Haughton?

We watched them on film. I think that they are similar to the team we just played (Natchitoches Central), but a little better. They like to spread it out and throw the ball a lot.

Is it hard to stay focused and not look ahead to next week when you would play the Destrehan-East St. John winner?

It’s pretty hard. Coach Salt has been preaching that to us that we have to take it week by week. But it is pretty hard because either way it will be a rematch. Destrehan is our rival so that would be pretty crazy. And East St. John would be crazy too.

Q. Who is your favorite NFL receiver?

Calvin Johnson. He is a freak.He is 6-5 and he is just that guy.

Who is the toughest cornerback you have faced?

I’d probably say Antonio Parks (East St. John). We play 7-on-7 together. He is a really solid corner, just good all the way around. So we go at it every time we face each other.

Why do you wear No. 19?

As a sophomore, whatever locker number you had, that was your number. I was going to change it later, but I decided to be different and stick with it. I know a lot of people don’t have that number, so I wanted to be different.

What’s your pregame ritual?

I like to listen to music. But for me, it all starts 48 hours before the game. I let all the girls and everybody know that I am trying to focus. I just spend that time praying and staying focused and making sure I get a good night of sleep.

Has it sunk in yet that your high school career is winding down?

It really has. I try not to think about it a lot because it makes me emotional. I try to think about what’s going on right now, and how we have a legitimate chance to go all the way to the Dome. I just keep working hard and try to play every play like it’s my last.

How much did it help having a father (Nate Singleton) who played in the NFL?

He is probably my No. 1 coach. He played receiver too. When you are still young, you tend to butt heads with your dad and don’t want to listen because you think you know everything. But at the end of the day, he has been to the highest level. So I have to put my pride to the side and listen to what he has to say. I know he wouldn’t lead me in the wrong direction.

Ten years from now, what do you want people to say about Brandon Singleton?

I want people say he was a good person first of all. Second, that he was very smart and third a great football player who works hard for everything he gets.

Rod Walker