The Virginia Tech coaching staff has hit the ground running in their first few weeks on the job. Several 2013 prospects have been issued scholarship offers including 6-foot-5 combo guard Sam Singer (Miami, Fla/Ransom Everglades).
Shooting guard Sam Singer holds an offer from Virginia Tech.
“I had a message from my coach to call Coach (James) Johnson and Coach (Mark) Byington the other day,” he said. “It was the first time I have spoken with Coach Byington but they wanted to let me know that I had a scholarship offer to Virginia Tech and they want me to be part of their program.”
New Hokies head coach James Johnson built a strong reputation as a recruiter during his time as an assistant. That skill helped him develop several good relationships with upcoming recruits including one with Singer.
“Coach Johnson and I have a really good relationship,” he said. “He was recruiting me at Virginia Tech and then kept in touch with me when he went to Clemson. He was telling me now that he is back at Virginia Tech I am the perfect type of player that he wants in his system.”
Despite Singer’s strong relationship with Johnson, he is not all that familiar with Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech program. The 6-foot-5 guard had developed a close bond with Seth Greenburg and he answered whether or not his firing would be an issue.
“I don’t really know all that much about them,” Singer said. “I was pretty familiar with Coach Greenburg and I didn’t understand why they fired him, but it didn’t really change anything on my end as far as recruiting. I am still very interested in them.”
Last summer, Singer was considered more of a pure point guard. During the high school season he grew two inches and then had a Ransom Everglades High School record 51 point game. That has now caused coaches to consider him as a possible shooting guard. It is something that Singer would be open to at the next level.
“I think I have kind of developed into a combo guard over the last few months,” Singer said. “It doesn’t really matter that much, which ever position I am needed is what I will play. I would like to play point guard but I think I can split time off the ball and playing the shooting guard also.”
Singer has picked up several offers over the last few months and seen his stock rise significantly. With all the new attention he broke down where he stands with his recruitment.
“I am hoping to commit early in the fall,” he said. “Right now I am wide open and am just looking for the right situation. I don’t have a leader or lead group. I have good relationships with the coaching staffs from Stanford, Pittsburgh and Harvard but again I am wide open.”
Singer is rated three stars by 247Sports with an overall grade of 86.