Instead of dreaming about sacking quarterbacks as a child, 2015 5-star defensive tackle Tim Settle had other aspirations.
“I’ve always wanted to become an entrepreneur when I grow up,” Settle said. “I want to have my own business and I want to major in business management. I want to be my own boss. I want to own, like, a Chick-fil-A or something like that.”
While Settle dreams of building his own empire, his inner five-year-old is never far from his thoughts. For example, Settle marveled at the arcade inside Alabama’s facility when he was taking a break during Nick Saban’s summer camp.
In fact, the 6’3”, 305-pound man-child admits he didn’t really watch football despite living less than an hour away from Washington, D.C. and having a family full of Redskins fans.
He didn’t have a favorite team, and he preferred watching Cartoon Network and reruns of Family Matters instead.
Now that he’s one of the most coveted recruits in the class of 2015, picking a school has become Settle’s first order of business, and that mindset helped him click with Alabama’s coaching staff, specifically linebackers coach Lance Thompson.
“When I first met Coach Thompson, he got straight down to business,” Settle said. “He just told me what Alabama is all about, and when I went down there, he showed me how they set their players up for success and he showed me a good time.”
Thompson has found success recruiting in Virginia in recent years, helping Alabama land a pair of 5-star recruits in Jonathan Allen in 2013 and Da’Shawn Hand in the current cycle—both of whom happen to be close friends with Settle.
Allen has given Settle some advice on the recruiting process, but Hand hasn’t pitched the Tide to him.
“I don’t really talk to Da’Shawn about it because he’s like my bigger brother,” Settle said. “Whenever I’m with him, we just hang out. He knows how it (getting recruited) is. He really hasn’t said anything to me about Alabama.”
But Settle does admit that the thought of uniting with Hand at the next level is appealing.
“It would be fun,” Settle said with a chuckle. “I take up the middle and he takes the outside. I mean, what can you do? You won’t know who to double-team.”
Alabama is in the lead group of schools high on Settle’s early list, joining the likes of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia, Florida State and Oklahoma.
While his recruitment is just starting to heat up, the Tide figure to be involved for the long haul. It’s Alabama’s straightforward approach that could make its program the perfect match.
“They are all about business,” Settle said. “Everything they do is about business. They recruit the best players in the country for a reason, and that’s to win. That’s what they do. They win.”