Former Big Ten player petitioning NCAA to return to school after declaring for NFL Draft
Former Rutgers linebacker Drew Singleton’s college football future hangs in the balance in the coming days.
Singleton had declared for the NFL Draft prior to Rutgers late add to the Gator Bowl, and he elected to return to the team and play in the bowl game. Well, sadly, he was injured in the game, crushing his 2022 NFL Draft hopes.
Now, Singleton is pursuing a waiver to return to Rutgers for his 5th year of eligibility, per NJ.com.
Singleton is pursuing a waiver to return to Rutgers for his fifth year of eligibility. The NCAA denied the former Paramus Catholic star’s initial application for reinstatement because he had accepted money for training expenses from an agent after he began preparing for the NFL Draft — money that he has since repaid.
“I decided playing in the game was the right thing for me to do,” Singleton told NJ.com on Monday. “Now I just hope I’m not penalized for doing the right thing.”
Hopefully, the NCAA does the right thing in this specific case. Singleton should get another season, and Greg Schiano agrees.
“I hope and pray that cooler minds prevail and he’s granted the year,” Schiano said. “Look, I get it. If a kid goes out and he gets paid to be an NFL player and then he wants to come back, I get that (he should be eligible). But this isn’t that.”