Stonewall Jackson WR Tyler Settle (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
The mid-section of 2019 is beginning to shape up as the Summer of Settle
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
More specifically, Patriot wide receiver Tyler Settle.
So far this year, the visibility of the junior has been growing exponentially. After a junior season (35 receptions, 730 yards, 5 TD) that saw him make the All-District and All-6D Region teams, the 6-3, 180-lb. Settle was selected to play on the U.S. 17-and-under national team at International Bowl X, an experience that he will never forget.
“My USA football experience was incredible,” said Settle, who made the trip to Texas at the very end of 2018. “The coaches were really cool and had high energy, which made practices fun.”
And unlike many players in training, Settle liked the pre-game grind.
“We had two-a-day practices on Monday thru Thursday, which was really fun. I love two-a-days!
However, the best part was waiting. The National team’s game against Canada was played in the cavernous AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and one day after their wild-card playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks.
“Game day was amazing,” added Settle, who was joined locally on the team by Stonewall Jackson’s standout receiver Khalid Shabazz-Williams. “That stadium is huge and really nice. I was named a starter for the game, so I had my name announced while I ran out the tunnel. That game was really fun.”
Adding to the excitement of the event was his performance. Settle scored a touchdown, and the U.S. National team easily defeated its neighbors to the North by a score of 61-7.
Later in the winter, Settle was selected as one of 100 players to be invited to the Sparta Science camp at Redskin Park where he got to face some of the state’s top cornerbacks in one-on-one action. Settle also showed off his speed (4.5 in the 40) and got in some extra work with his quarterback Cody Rogers.
More recently, Settle received a second invite for the national team, based on his MVP winning performance as the best player at the U.S. National Pittsburgh regional camp. Along with the return invite, he also received a gold ball for his efforts.
“I am truly looking forward to representing the U.S. in back-to-back years.”
The dividends of hard work are beginning to show, and last Wednesday, the Pioneer received his first offer – from Alderson Broaddus University. On Thursday, Slippery Rock became the second school to offer Tyler.
– Jim McGrath