DL Tim Settle of Manassas, VA Thursday released his list of the top 15 schools remaining on his list. He did so in order of preference, and Clemson is sitting in the three hole behind Tennessee and Alabama. The rest of the 15 are Florida State, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, West Virginia, UCLA, North Carolina, NC State, LSU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Settle visited Clemson earlier this year for a junior day and plans to visit again soon.
'"They are top notch," he said of the Tigers. "They are graduating some seniors so there are some spots open. And they are great people. I enjoy talking with them."
Clemson's defensive coordinator Brent Venables has been by the school as has USC's Deke Adams, but the Gamecocks didn't make his short list that was reduced from more than 60 offers. Settle has taken 17 visits and some of the more recent were to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
Settle plans to take all five of is official visits and right now is looking at the Under Armour Game as a possible commitment date.
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