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Malachi Singleton – ’23 Dual-Threat QB – Arkansas Commit
Malachi Singleton is a 6'1", 225-pound Dual-Threat QB hailing from Kennesaw, Georgia. The class of 2023 prospect plays for North Cobb High School where he led his team to a 10-2 record in the 2021 season as they finished as the 6th ranked team overall, and the 4th ranked team in the Georgia 7A division. Last season he was also recognized as Cobb County’s Player of the Year. With Cobb County being a region that pumps out dozens of Division One prospects every year, this is a huge achievement.
He boasted a 74.67% completion rate last year where he passed for 2,348 yards and 24 touchdowns. In addition, he also put up 1,037 rushing yards with 25 additional touchdowns. Currently, 247 sports rates him as the 18th overall QB nationally and the 19th best player in Georgia. They also grade him as a 4-star prospect and the 192nd overall player nationally. Singleton picked the Hogs over many great programs, including Georgia, UCF, Georgia Tech, and Miami.
Current and Projected QB roster depth
The current Arkansas Football lists four QB’s on the roster. The four consist of KJ Jefferson (Rs-Jr.), Malik Hornsby (Rs-So.), Cade Fortin (Rs-Sr.), and Kade Renfro (Rs-So.).
Singleton will likely be the Razorbacks only prep-recruit in the ’23 class at QB. Depending on draft departures, graduations, and transfers out in the next year, there will be a chance that Arkansas looks to add an experienced QB from the transfer portal at some point.
How he fits and opportunities for playing time
To put it simply, Malachi Singleton could not possibly be a better fit for the Arkansas offensive system. Going through his game film, he is at his best in fast-paced, spread offenses. His high school team runs a lot of RPO’s and play-action. His timing is excellent, knowing when to hand it off, pull and run, or pass all seems easy for him. One major thing that helps him on the ground is his build. At 6-1, 225, he's built like a strong power-back, and he plays like it too. He routinely fights through players on the run, like KJ Jefferson, he will likely be great with gaining extra yards after contact. He is an efficient passer, but his high school tends to run some pretty basic route trees for their receivers. He has great ball placement on shorter routes, as well as pretty good ball placement on fades and deep routes. Learning the Pittman playbook and completing passes to more complicated receiver routes will be pivotal to how he grows his game.
He most likely won’t start as a freshman as both Malik Hornsby and Kade Renfro will likely be above him on the depth chart early on. If KJ Jefferson doesn’t leave for the NFL draft after next season, he will be the starter in 2023.
Depending on if Singleton early enrolls next spring, with more time to learn the Arkansas offense he could challenge for the QB2 spot in fall camp. If failing to become the starter in 2023, either Renfro or Hornsby could transfer, leaving room for Singleton to move up the depth chart.
Long term, he projects to be a P5 starter at the latest by his junior year. With how well he fits the Arkansas offense, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him competing for playing time by his sophomore year.
While in the past he has stated that he only wants to play QB, if he was open to it, Singleton also displays some of the traits necessary to be a strong running-back at the D1 level as well. Most likely he’ll stick at QB though.
This is a great pick-up for Arkansas. Unlike past recruiting cycles, more players with big options are beginning to show real interest in the Razorbacks. If coach Pittman can continue to find success on the recruiting trail, this may not be the last big addition for the Hogs in the ’23 recruiting cycle.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]