Aubrey Solomon comes from a military background, and that’s a big reason why Alabama leads in his recruitment.
The four-star defensive tackle from Lee County High School (Leesburg, Ga.), told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi why he decided to name the Crimson Tide his top team after visiting Tuscaloosa three weeks ago.
“Discipline — a lot of discipline,” Solomon said. “You never really hear about an Alabama player getting in trouble. Never. Georgia has some problems here and there. Florida State here and there, but with Bama, it’s all about business.”
The way Nick Saban runs his program made a significant impression on Solomon’s mother, Sabrina Caldwell, who is in the military.
“She loves Bama. She loves the tight ship that Saban runs,” Solomon said.
Usually, when Solomon makes recruiting trips with his mother, Caldwell asks the coaches many questions. When the pair visited Alabama three weeks ago, she was silent, but that is a good thing.
“Saban covered everything. She didn’t ask any questions,” Solomon said. “He covered everything in one speech. He wowed us. He’s the man.”
While Alabama is “for sure” Solomon’s No. 1 school right now, some schools are lurking in the background. Oregon is his No. 2 school, a program that he became enamored with when he lived in California as a child. Clemson is No. 3 despite only making one visit there, and that came his freshman year. Solomon said the Tigers impressed him so much on that visit that they remain a contender because of it. Rounding out his top five are Auburn and Florida.
When asked why he would select one school over the other, the nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle gave an explanation that should have Alabama feeling happy about where it stands with the elite prospect.
“How happy my mom is with my decision,” Solomon said that was the main reason why he would choose a school. “They have to make an impact on my mom and my whole family. If they do that, they got me.”
The 6-4, 296-pounder is rated as the state of Georgia’s No. 11 prospect.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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.