A commitment, decommitment and finally a signature on National Signing Day to make his future official.
Aubrey Solomon, a five-star defensive tackle out of Lee County, signed his name to a letter-of-intent to continue his academic and athletics career at the Michigan, spurning Alabama, Georgia and Southern Cal.
“I’m blessed and honored,” Solomon said. “This of course is something I have always dreamed of and to have it finally happen is such a great feeling. There was just a feeling of Michigan is somewhere that I really wanted to be, and it all came back together. Honestly, the other three schools were grouped together below Michigan, they’re all great programs, but Michigan is where I wanted to be.”
An original Michigan commitment, Solomon announced just as his senior season was kicking off, that he would be opening his recruitment back up. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh made one final recruiting pitch a week ago on an in-home visit. During that visit, Solomon’s family took Harbaugh and his staff to a local go-cart and mini golf facility.
As roughly 1,400 students filled the Robert A. Clay Auditorium at the high school, the anticipation started to build for the announcement that was made to a nationwide audience on ESPNU. Solomon was the last in a line of seven signees for Lee County, which included fullback Tory Carter signing with LSU and Akileis Leroy who signed with Florida Atlantic.
“It is a lot of excitement for us here,” Lee County head coach Dean Fabrizio said. “Over the last few years we have a lot of kids sign and some with prominent programs, so we’ve had some work at this before. But (Solomon’s recruitment) was different. We’ve never had somebody come down to the last day to decide so there was a lot of excitement around the community.”
Solomon lived up to every bit of his five-star ranking over the course of his career at Lee County. In his time there, Solomon was named a U.S. Army All American, the area player of the year, was named to the All-State first team, and was the GHSA Region 1-7A Defensive Player of the Year. Solomon was dominant, recording 75 tackles, 11 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hurries, and caused three fumbles.
“The thing about Aubrey is that he knows there is a lot of work ahead of him and he has to go put in that work to make an impact there,” Fabrizio said. “When you see a kid sign like Aubrey, it is a big motivating factor for the rest of the kids in the school system. We’re very proud of Aubrey and we’re excited to see what his future holds for him (at Michigan).”