With its 2014 class almost wrapped the Michigan coaching staff has been able to spend more time focusing on its growing list of 2015 targets. One that has been receiving end of a great deal of attention lately is Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle.
“They really like me,” Settle said of the Wolverines. “They want me to come up there for sure, but I don’t know. It’s the ride. It’s just me getting up there… that’s the main thing.”
“I don’t think I can (attend).”
Despite his inability to visit Ann Arbor this summer, Settle still holds Michigan in high regard thanks in large part to its rich tradition.
“I like that they’re a successful program,” he stated. “They’ve got a lot of wins. When I get down there I just want to see how I would fit there.”
Until the time at which he can make it to the Great Lake State he’ll have to rely upon the word of others to give him a better idea of what the Maize & Blue is all about. Michigan assistant Roy Manning has spent time doing just over the past few months, but he has spent more time just getting to know his prized target.
“I love talking to him,” said Settle of Manning. “He’s so cool. He is chill and relaxed. He is real. We don’t just talk about football. We just talk in general like, “what’s up?” Just normal conversations.”
The same can be said regarding his interaction with fellow Virginia standout and Michigan target Da'Shawn Hand. The Wolverines are among the favorites to land the five-star defensive end, but thus far he hasn’t pitched the idea of playing for any of his favorites to his young friend.
“At first we weren’t tight, but now I consider (Hand) my brother,” said Settle. “I can always hit him up and he always responds.”
“We don’t really talk about (going to the same school). We just say it’d be crazy if we did play together.”
At the moment Hand and Settle only have a few favorites in common, but that certainly could change in the coming months as Settle gets out on more visits.
“Ohio State and Virginia are the only schools I’ve really gotten to go to,” he explained. “I’m judging how the schools look and if I can see myself there. I haven’t been to all these schools yet, so I can’t really judge them or call them my favorite. I have a (top) five, but it’s not consistent. I just have it there because they’re the schools I’ve been visiting or I’m going to visit very soon. They are Virginia, Ohio, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Florida.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Settle in the months to come.