There was little rest for Stonewall Jackson’s Tim Settle over the weekend. After playing both ways in the Raiders’ 40-28 victory over Freedom-Woodbridge Friday, the junior defensive lineman finally hit the sheets around 2 a.m.
Settle rose just two hours later to make the roughly four-hour trip to Blacksburg for his first official recruiting visit with Virginia Tech’s football program.
Raiders teammates Greg Stroman and Diandre Stubbs accompanied Settle — a Rivals four-star recruit for the class of 2015 who holds offers from over 20 FBS schools — including defending national champion Alabama.
Settle’s group arrived around 8:45 a.m. and spent the morning touring Virginia Tech’s campus and football facilities. The 2012 all-Northwest region selection on defense liked what he saw.
“They don’t have a dome, but people can spectate from the balcony of the sports facility,” Settle said. “It’s cool.”
Before kickoff of Saturday’s game against North Carolina, Settle and the others in the group of 20 to 30 recruits mingled with Tech players on the sidelines and shook hands with Hokies Coach Frank Beamer near midfield.
Settle says he’s not leaning toward any of the schools on his list, and he hasn’t eliminated any potential landing spots.
One potential allure of Virginia Tech is the fact that the ACC school emphasizes it defense over all else.
“They’re a very smart defense, and they know how to execute,” Settle said.
Specifically, Settle likes the fact that the Hokies rely heavily on four-man fronts. Playing four-technique defensive tackle would be a welcomed change-up to the often-double teamed nose guard role he fulfills for the Raiders.
Settle saw parallels between his skill-set and that of James Gayle, a Hokies redshirt senior defensive end.
“He’s explosive and low,” he said of Gayle, who had five tackles Saturday. “He has awareness and he’s good pass rusher.”
During the game, Settle marveled at the deafening clamor from the 65,000-plus fans that packed Lane Stadium for the Hokies’ 27-17 win over the Tar Heels.
“Every single play, it’s roaring,” Settle said. “The noise was going up every play. It gives you that momentum you need. It’s like you’re getting nitrous [oxide].”
Stroman — who committed to Va. Tech in August — says he’s lobbying Settle to join him two seasons from now.
“I’m pushing [Tim] hard, but I told him to make sure at the end of the day he does what is best for him, because I’m going to love and support him regardless,” Stroman said.
Settle plans to study sports management or business at the next level.