As first impressions go, few schools have done a better job of making a positive one on Tim Settle than Michigan did last Saturday. The Manassas (VA) Stonewall Jackson standout had modest expectations for his first trip to the Great Lake State, but he learned very that that was a mistake.
“It went great,” Settle said of his time in Ann Arbor. “I was really shocked and surprised. Everything (stood out)… the atmosphere, the game, the halftime show. That’s a beautiful campus that they’ve got there.”
“(The visit) was right up there (with the others he has taken). If your first visit is good, that’s a good sign. I’m definitely going to go back.”
The roster of Michigan commitments in attendance also played major roles in the Maize & Blue’s impactful presentation. That was due in large part to their low key recruiting approach.
“I talked to George Campbell and we were chilling,” Settle recalled. “He’s cool. I talked to Drake (Harris) and I talked to some other people. We were just chilling. It was laid back.”
The same was true of his interaction with fellow Virginian Wilton Speight. Michigan’s future signal caller was left pleased with the Wolverines’ standing with the five-star defensive tackle.
“I really felt that like we made tremendous progress on Tim Settle,” said Speight. “He actually said after the game, ‘I didn’t even have Michigan on my list. I had no idea about any of this up here. Da'Shawn just wanted me to come. Now this is my top school.’ It just made a huge impression on him.”
A few hours later the game’s afterglow had worn off a bit and Settle was back to listing a more vague leaderboard.
“They’re all like the same for me right now,” he said regarding his suitors. “I’m going to wait all the way until the end (to make a decision).”
That timeline not only gives Michigan more time to build a greater rapport with the talented youngster, it also gives Brady Hoke & company more time to evaluate his fit in a class where scholarships are scarce. For now both sides have established that they have interest in the other and will remain in contact.