Garrett Singletary knew right away where he wanted to spend his next four years as a college soccer player.
In fact, he made his decision before the offer even came.
“When I went on the Furman campus, I bought a shirt, I bought a phone case, everything,” Singletary said. “I just knew right then and there it was the school, and it was six months before I got offered. I was already thinking, ‘I know this is going to happen.’”
Singletary, a standout soccer player for Greenbrier, put that decision in ink Thursday by signing to play for Furman.
The strong scorer and team leader was named The Augusta Chronicle’s 2017 All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year after guiding the Wolfpack to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. He tallied 12 goals as a junior and has 38 for his career with a season remaining.
Singletary was back and forth between soccer and lacrosse, influenced by an older brother who played college lacrosse, before deciding on soccer around seventh or eighth grade. He had a defining moment early by scoring the game-winning goal against Gainesville in the semifinals as a freshman.
He also helped lead Greenbrier to a quarterfinals trip as a sophomore.
“I can’t believe that starting at just a young athlete and growing up playing different sports and not knowing what I want to play yet, and switching over to soccer, something just clicked,” he said. “Freshman year, everything just meshed together with my teammates and family. That freshman year is when I decided I wanted to play college soccer.”
Singletary thanked his Augusta Arsenal club coach, Mike Freace, for helping his development, and his parents for the sacrifice of driving thousands of miles each year to practices and games, including playing with a Greenville club.
He plans to study science education and earn his prerequisite for medical school at Furman, which plays in the Division I Southern Conference.
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