Nation's No. 1 DT giving Vols a chance

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Few things about Tim Settle can be classified as "skinny" — other than the rankings next to his name.

The Scout five-star is not only the No. 1 prospect in Virginia's 2015 class but he's the nation's No. 1-rated defensive tackle and the No. 1 overall recruit in the country.

Settle appreciates the accolades, but he prefers to say clocked in with his preparation for the next level.

"It means a lot," Settle told InsideTennessee. "A lot of younger people ask me, and they hit me up for advice. I feel like a mentor.

"At first, it was fun, but it's business now. I can't really be tripping about it."

Settle preps at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Va., which is not far from Washington, D.C., and about 7 hours from Knoxville.

The 6-foot-2 1/2, 305-pounder says he is considering Tennessee along with numerous other programs.

"All these coaches are leaving, so I'm open to everybody," Settle said.

Coaches from the Volunteers' staff making the trek up to Virginia to see him helped Tennessee's chances of getting his signature on a National Letter of Intent.

"They came to the school a couple months ago," Settle said. "They've had coaches out to see me. You know, I respect that. Anybody that comes out to see me and anybody that comes out this way to recruit, I respect that. I'm definitely giving them a chance."

Don't look for a declaration until early January 2015 with one most likely coming on national television during the Under Armour All-America Game.

The schools that welcome him on official and unofficial visits stand the best chance at getting him.

"If I could, I would visit everyone in the country," Settle said. "I'll probably limit to about 10 schools for unofficials. Other than that, I'll probably take 2-3 west coast officials then I'll probably take two over here."

Schools he definitely wants to get to include "Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State and Florida."

North Carolina offered first "but the recruiter left that was recruiting me and went to Arkansas State. I don't like it when coaches leave and stuff."

Settle is currently playing basketball in high school but doesn't hold any false hope of a hoops career on the next level.

"I don't ball out," he said. "I'm just a big. I'm a muscle guy. They give me the ball in the paint, and I go to work."

The five-star says his last max weight on the bench press was 335 pounds and his top squat number is 550.

"I wanted to squat about 650 but after about 550 my knees are burning. That's a lot of weight."

He added plans to work one-on-one with a trainer shortly after the hoops season. He looks up to former Purdue standout and current Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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