“After the year he had, I was just waiting to see who would jump first,” said Stonewall Coach Mike Dougherty. “He was pretty explosive this year, pretty unblockable all year. Just the most athletic big kid I’ve ever coached. It takes two to three people just to stalemate him.”
Dougherty said the 6-foot-3 Settle gained almost 20 pounds this winter even though he played junior varsity basketball. His weight is at about 298 pounds.
“He moves like someone that’s 198,” Dougherty said.
Dougherty said that a couple of college coaches who have come through have compared Settle, an honorable mention all-state choice, favorably to Potomac (Va.) All-Met lineman Donta Wilkins and have said that perhaps Settle could evolve into a national recruit like Woodbridge junior defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand.
“We keep it all in perspective and make sure Timmy focuses every day to get him to be that type of recruit where you want to compare him to those guys,” Dougherty said. “Those kids, both academically and emotionally, they’re sharp kids. It’s good to have them in our area so we can use them as models to help Timmy through the process.”
Stonewall junior quarterback Greg Stroman picked up his first offer last week, from Massachusetts. Junior running back Javon Purvis is another Raider who should receive recruiting attention soon, Dougherty said.
Settle’s future is on the defensive line. But this fall, he also will play offensive line for the first time.
“It will be like putting a cat in water,” Dougherty said, referring to offensive line being an unnatural position for Settle. “But how can you have a 6-3, 300-pound kid on the sideline?”