Will Tim Settle Play as a True Freshman for Virginia Tech?

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Tim Settle
Tim Settle

Yesterday we got great news: Tim Settle qualified and will enroll at Virginia Tech in August. He is the highest ranked defensive tackle that the Hokies have ever signed.

ESPN: 5-star, #19 player overall, #4 DT, #2 player in VA
Rivals: 4-star, #174 player overall, #17 DT, #10 player in VA
247: 4-star, #162 player overall, #14 DT, #6 player in VA

Obviously scouts think very highly of Settle. Before we discuss him however, let’s take a quick look at how Bud Foster and Charley Wiles use their defensive tackles.

Virginia Tech’s defensive tackles play a 1-technique and a 3-technique. The 1-technique is referred to as the “nose” in Tech’s defensive lingo, while the 3-technique is the “tackle.” However, the Hokies don’t assign players to a specific position, instead using a left DT and a right DT. Which player serves as the nose and which serves as the tackle depends upon the playcall. Luther Maddy might be a nose on one play, and he might be a tackle on the next, depending on what Bud Foster has dialed up.

Here’s what the alignment looks like, in case you’re having trouble picturing it.