Alabama loses out on top DT target Aubrey Solomon to Michigan
Alabama led for several months for Aubrey Solomon. That changed last weekend when he visited Georgia. Saturday, he committed to an entirely different school.
Solomon, a 4-star defensive tackle from Lee County High School (Leesburg, Ga.), committed to Michigan, he told SEC Country. Solomon was in Ann Arbor on an unofficial visit.
The move was entirely shocking because just a few days ago he told SEC Country that Georgia had made significant headway on Alabama’s lead.
“Georgia made me forget all about ‘Bama, to be honest,” Solomon said. “I just know way more people at Georgia, and some of them I’ve played against played with or seen in the past visits to there. It felt as if I was home.”
Here’s what he had to say about his commitment to Michigan:
“I was in love with the football aspect of Georgia,” Solomon said. “I was cool with players there, but at the end of the day, it comes down to what will help me 10 years, 20 years after football and Michigan provides the best opportunities for me.”
The Crimson Tide staff made Solomon a priority and those close to the program had said he may have been the team’s top target at defensive tackle.
Now, Alabama will focus its attention on 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, Texas) and 4-star Akial Byers (Fayetteville, Ark.). In-state defensive lineman LaBryan Ray (Madison, Ala.), who is a major Alabama target, could end up playing defensive tackle if he chooses the Tide, as can junior college standout Isaiah Buggs (Ruston, La.) if he commits, too.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.