"After I got offered by Alabama, all the other schools realized that ‘it's on,'" Settle told Badger Nation. "Respected schools are looking at me to help out their program. They think it's really amazing. I am so happy. Getting offered by these schools this early is shocking to me."
The morning after Alabama coach Nick Saban told Settle that he had the right footwork and speed to play any position on the Crimson Tide's defensive line, Wisconsin wide receiver coach Chris Beatty stopped by Settle's school, echoed Saban's sentiments and offered Settle a scholarship without any prior contact.
"I never knew about Wisconsin until Coach Beatty came down," said Settle. "He came down and said (to my coach) he was offering me a scholarship. It was exciting."
Finishing his sophomore season with 72 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass deflections and two fumble recoveries, Beatty compared Settle's skills to another former Wisconsin defensive lineman.
"He said (to my coach) I reminded him a lot of J.J. Watt," said Settle, who will be the first member of his extended family to go to college. "I haven't watched them play football, but I know they are a real successful program. (Coach Beatty) is a straight up dude. I can tell he was honest with what he was saying."
After Beatty left, Settle got a phone call from Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and got a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
"That was the shock of my life," said Settle. "I was excited about Ohio State."
With so much interest this early, how many offers is Settle expecting?
"I expect 100 more," he said.
Why does he want 100 scholarships?
"I don't think no one has ever done it before," said Settle. "I just have to keep doing what I am doing. I just have to keep working hard."
Six down, 94 to go.