June 7, 2009

Settle focused on academics this summer

It's been awhile since we've caught up with Leighton Settle.

The last time we spoke with the Madison (Wis.) West star running back, he was coming off a 273-yard, five-touchdown win against rival Madison East.

The son of Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle, Leighton Settle turned in an enormous junior season when he rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Recently, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with the 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back to discuss the latest in his recruitment.

The following is a question and answer segment with Settle

Is there anything new on the recruiting front?

Settle: No, not really. It's just more schools sending me letters saying they are interested in offering me. I don't have any new offers or anything.

It's been reported that Fresno State offered, is that true?

Settle: Yes, Fresno State is a solid offer.

What are your thoughts on Fresno? I know your dad has spent some time coaching out there…

Settle: I lived in Fresno for about eight years. I really liked the facilities and all of that. I love how the coaches coach and the players play. That's a school I'll definitely take a long look at. It's a great place to be and I have some ties out there.

Could you give us a rundown of some of the schools currently showing interest?

Settle: Let me see, Washington State. My dad spoke with a Georgia coach and they wanted to see some film on me. Iowa, they are coming on pretty big right now. Others would be Wisconsin, LSU and Oregon State. Oregon State wanted to see some film so I sent some out awhile ago. I should be hearing from them soon. They should be getting back to me. That's pretty much it at the current time.

You mentioned UW, have there ever been any thoughts of playing under your dad? Is that something that you might be interested in?

Settle: My dad and I have never really talked about it specifically. Currently they are talking to my counselors at school right now to see what I can do to bring up my grades; they want to make sure I'm eligible so they can offer me. That can be said for a bunch of other schools. Once they see my ACT scores and all of that, then they would potentially end up offering me. Like I told everyone else, I think it would be cool to have my dad as my (position) coach. It would be kind of weird, but I think that it is definitely possible.

It seems as though schools from all different parts of the country are showing interest. Is there an area of the country you would like to play in specifically?

Settle: No, not really. I don't have a preference. The Big Ten is a conference where you plug straight ahead and get as many yards as you can. I feel as though I'm more of a shifty runner, I like to cut-back and do those types of things. UW traditionally doesn't have running backs that are small and quick, but I could provide a nice change of pace to an offense.

What makes you a good player? Describe what you do well on the field.

Settle: Actually, what I need to improve on is hitting the holes and getting yardage in short-yard situations. I need to get the yards that are available instead of making moves and getting caught…you know, losing yardage. I'm more of a cut-back type runner. I can cut on a dime. I'm good at making my moves at full speed.

Do you plan on hitting up any camps this summer?

Settle: I have a lot of people ask me that. Actually, to be honest, I have summer school. So, I need to see what's available after summer school. Right now my focus is on my grades and summer school. That's what I'm looking forward to right now.

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