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2022 RB Nick Singleton Has Been Pushed & Will Continue To Be Pushed

March 16, 2020
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Nicholas Singleton‍ isn’t a huge talker. He lets his play on the field speak for itself, but if you really want to know what the elite 2022 Pennsylvania running back is about, you’ll want to look into the work he puts in off the field.

Since he was in middle school, Singleton has been trained by Dane Miller, an extremely successful United States Olympic weightlifting and throwing coach.

Singleton arrived at Miller’s Garage Strength facility shortly before the 2016 Olympic Games, which helped catapult Miller into one of the most well-known trainers in that space.

“A lot of guys don’t have a trainer like that,” says Singleton. “I really get a lot out of it.”

Miller works with wrestlers, lifters and throwers during the day before working with Singleton and a handful of high-level football players in the evening.

After a few years, Singleton has set the bar for Miller when it comes to high school athletes.

“I can’t deal with normal high school kids who are in there to go through the motions,” says Miller. “Nick can train like he’s going to go to the NFL. Everybody who works with me, I’m training like they’re going to be an NCAA champion, they’re going to be an All-American, they’re going to go as far as they possibly can.

“If you don’t want to have that commitment, then I won’t work with you basically.”

Miller says the first year or two of working with Singleton was more about his mental growth than physical growth as he continuously pushed the youngster to what would have been the breaking point for many.

“I remember coming home and thinking, ‘This kid is in sixth and seventh grade and he doesn’t say a word and just goes and goes and goes,’” Miller recalls.

Even as a youngster, Singleton says he knew he was being tested on multiple levels.

“I’ve been going there since I was 11 years old,” says Singleton. “He always keeps pushing me and won’t go easy on me any time. He pushes me to the limit.

“It helps a lot because I know it’s going to be even harder when I get to the next level, so he’s basically testing me now.”

Singleton’s offer sheet currently includes schools like Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech among several others.

Miller had been working with football players who would go on to play at Penn State, Pittsburgh and Syracuse who served as examples for Singleton of what could be accomplished if he stuck with it.

“It feels great,” says Singleton. “They’re where I want to get. They’re setting the example for me.”

Singleton is already hitting some impressive benchmarks.

“He just turned 16 and he can come in and bench 315 for six or seven reps,” says Miller, who says there are players at top colleges right now who probably couldn’t match that.

“He’s an explosive freak. He’s got like a 40-inch vertical, he’s super fast and he’s heavy too. He’s over 200 pounds now.”

Singleton recently single-leg squatted 345 pounds. Miller has a list of benchmarks he wants Singleton to hit before going off to college and once he does, it’ll be about maintaining that strength as much as anything.

Miller is convinced Singleton has the mental and physical capability of being one of the best running backs in the world.

“I believe that 100 percent.”

 
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