Rivals100 defensive tackle Tim Settle spent his spring break in Oklahoma checking out the Sooners and Oklahoma State. The long drive was taxing for the Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson star but he was back in school on Monday. Luckily he had time to break down his two visits.
"We left on April 10 to drive out there and we got there the afternoon of April 11," said the 6-foot-2, 307-pound Settle. "I visited Oklahoma for the spring game and went back on Monday for a campus tour. On Wednesday we visited Oklahoma State.
"There were a lot of people out Oklahoma's spring game," he said. "Joe Mixon was there. Everybody loves him. I kind of laid low but Joe was signing autographs the whole time like he was a superstar.
"We did a little tour of the facilities and ate something before the spring game," Settle said. "I talked to coach Stoops and he is a great dude. I can see how they're successful. He really doesn't get mad a lot and talks to his players. He is smart and outgoing. I want to major in business and I got to talk to the people in the business school. They have their academic center right at the south end zone and I thought that was pretty cool.
"I went back on Monday for a tour," he said. "We saw where the business building is and a few other things. There were a lot of students walking around and the campus was very active. I had a great time. All their sports are really good so it was kind of cool seeing all of that.
"I really liked he spring game and talking to all the coaches afterward. I also got to meet Trent Williams," said Settle. "That was pretty cool because the Redskins are my favorite team."
Settle took a closer look at Oklahoma's instate rival on Wednesday.
"We got to see a lot when we were at Oklahoma State," he said. "It's really cool where the players stay in apartments. They have their own washing machines and everything. All of the players ride around on the mopeds. That university is really beautiful. It was like a baby Harvard out there. I thought it was amazing out there.
"The fact that they had the number one defense says a lot," Settle said. "Then you go in their facilities and you see why they're number one. Their facilities are all beautiful, the weight room, training room, classrooms, all of it. I found another thing I really liked when I did some research. They have 24,800 students there and 16,000 of them are girls.
"I have a good connection with coach Henderson," he said. "He is a defensive graduate assistant. We have the same type of background. When he talks and breaks things down I understand him. I could see myself playing for Oklahoma State and I'd really like it if he was one of my coaches. I like how they get after the quarterback."
There are a number of other visits Settle wants to go on. One of them is in the not-too-distant future.
"We were going to go to TCU but it didn't happen," said Settle. "What I'm probably going to do is visit Texas, Baylor, TCU and maybe LSU, Missouri and a few others. I'm probably going to go to West Virginia again for their junior day with Eric Kumah. I think it's on the first weekend in May."
Settle also found some time to relax and go fishing for the first time while in Oklahoma. After all, it was his spring break.