As a sophomore, Tartan’s Dorian Singer was a key contributor on a solid – state tournament team. As he entered his junior year, Singer became more assertive and became one of the top two-way players in the state. Now, he has picked up three Division I offers and is one of the most sought-after members of the 2021 class.
“The season was great.” Singer said. “We didn’t go as far as we wanted to go, but overall, we were well prepared the whole season. I wish we would have lost a regular-season game. I don’t think we would have lost in the section finals if we had lost a game – it would have benefited us.”
Singer felt the Titans’ – who finished with a 9-1 record – dominated the line of scrimmage.
“Our strengths were our offensive line and our defense – especially the front seven.”
Singer played wide receiver and safety.
“The season went well. It was better than my sophomore year because I was the main target on offense. I scored 18 touchdowns – 15 on offense. I had seven interceptions on defense.”
He had to be talked into football even to get started. Then, early in his football career, Singer almost walked away from the game.
“My freshman year, I wasn’t even going to play football, but my friends talked me into it,” Singer explained. “I joined late. I got a concussion (the first year), and my parents said I wasn’t going to play football again, but the team got new helmets that year. My coach showed my parents the new helmet, so they decided to let me play.”
Now a junior, Singer has a lot of physical skills he was able to lean on this fall.
“On offense, I think I can jump pretty well. I have good hands and speed,” Singer said. “My strengths on defense are playing the ball and making sure the receiver can’t catch it.”
He also started both ways as a sophomore.
“I got a lot stronger this year,” the Tartan junior said. “I also gained the trust of my teammates – they knew I could play.”
During the offseason, Singer has focused on a few critical skills.
“At wide receiver, I am working on improving my footwork. At defensive back, I need to come down, supporting the run harder.”
Singers’ offseason is not all football.
“I train two days a week for football,” Singer said. “I work on receiver and defensive back drills – a lot of footwork stuff – but I am also on the basketball team. I am the point guard and a leader of the team. We are 15-1 right now. I can shoot the ball a little, but I am mostly a distributor. I am going to run track this spring to help me with my speed.”
Singer recently competed at Minnesota’s junior day. His mindset has changed since his first camp, the last offseason.
“The first camp I went to was the Iowa camp,” the 6’1″ 175-pound junior said. “It was my first experience at a camp. I stayed in the background. I wasn’t really showing off my skills. The coaches showed interest in me but told me I have to get better at moving (literally) to the front of the line to get more reps. When I went to the Minnesota camp, I was getting more reps – showing the coaches that I can play.”
Singer is not in the background any longer.
“I received my first offer from Iowa State and just received offers from Montana State and South Dakota,” Singer told northstarfootballnews.com. “Recruiting has picked up a lot. Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State, Northern Iowa, and Kansas State have contacted my coaches or me recently. Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas State have been to the school.”
Singer is getting mixed signals from the Cyclones and other programs regarding what position he will be playing in college.
“I am not sure if I am being recruited as an offensive or defensive player,” Singer admitted. “Iowa State’s defensive backs’ coach texted me, but this week, their head coach and wide receivers’ coach will be into the school.”
Regardless of the position, programs like what they see.
“They think I have good ball skills, and they like my speed. They think I am a playmaker.”
Singer is a playmaker who will no longer be in the background.