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Solomon decommits from Michigan
Just days ago, I spoke with 4-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon in person. At the time, he had a giant smile on his face when talking about his commitment to Michigan. He spoke highly of how coach Jim Harbaugh sat down with him the day he made his commitment and told him which classes he would specifically take in the nursing program. Academics are a major part in Solomon’s recruitment and it was the biggest reason why he decided to commit to the Wolverines.
He joked that his mother wasn’t on board with his commitment at first because she wasn’t on the trip and knew nothing about the school. She eventually came around to being fully on board with her son’s decision. That all changed Monday night.
The nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle decommitted from Michigan because the staff sent his mother a thank you note for an event she did not attend. The staff also spelled Aubrey’s name wrong. The recruit takes relationships very seriously, so he viewed this as a sign that the Wolverines don’t care much about him and his mother.
Now that he’s back on the market, there’s one thing that does bode well for Alabama’s chances for Solomon, who had the Crimson Tide on top for several months before his abrupt commitment to Michigan. His mother, who is in the military, loves Alabama.
“She loves Bama. She loves the tight ship that Saban runs,” Solomon told SEC Country a few months ago.
Sabrina Caldwell, his mother, is going to play a giant role in Solomon’s next landing spot. Alabama and Georgia are the schools considered to have the best chance at landing the Army All-American. When that time comes for him to commit, the reason for why that school lands him is clear.
“How happy my mom is with my decision,” Solomon said. “They have to make an impact on my mom and my whole family. If they do that, they got me.”
Alabama will get an official visit from Solomon at some point, but Georgia may be the team in pole position. Last week, he told SEC Country the Bulldogs were recruiting him the hardest. He also told SEC Country that he connects with the roster better than any other team.
“I just know way more people at Georgia, and some of them I’ve played against played with or seen in past visits there,” Solomon said. “It felt as if I was home.”
Solomon has changed his mind several times on which school he favors. At various points in his recruitment, the following teams have been named as a leader to land him: Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Florida and Ohio State.
Why Solomon’s decision is big news for Alabama
Several months before Solomon committed to Michigan, a source close to the team called the defensive tackle arguably the team’s top priority on the defensive line. Yes, more important than 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson.
Another source close to the team told SEC Country that he was shocked when Solomon committed to Michigan because the Tide felt good with where it stood with the 4-star prospect from Leesburg, Ga.
Solomon told SEC Country that Alabama remained in touch with him after he committed, but the team decreased its communication. Solomon said that he talked to Alabama once a week. With him being back on the market, expect that communication to increase.
With it being a down year recruiting wise for defensive linemen and it being arguably Alabama’s biggest position of need, bet that the coaching staff is going to do what it can to land a top 5 defensive tackle.
Alabama’s other defensive line targets include Marvin Wilson (5-star DT), Tyler Shelvin (5-star DT), Elijah Conliffe (3-star DT), LaBryan Ray (4-star DE) and Ryan Johnson (4-star DE). The Tide have commitments from 4-star DT Akial Byers and 3-star DE Aaron Sterling.
Top CB narrows list
Christian Tutt is going to be a name you will hear and see a lot if you’re an Alabama fan.
Tutt, a 2018 4-star cornerback from Thomson (Ga.) High School, narrowed his list to 11 schools, and Alabama made the cut. That was a given considering his relationship with Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
“Coach Pruitt,” Tutt told SEC Country was the reason why Alabama made his top schools list. “He was the first coach to offer me. He’s great. He’s a straight shooter.”
Pruitt is using that first offer recruiting pitch to the nation’s No. 4 cornerback in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports. It’s something that sticks with Tutt as he figures out which school he’d like to attend.
“Remember, I offered you before anybody knew you?” Tutt said is what Pruitt tells him often. “So I believed in you first.”
Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State are in the best positions for the Army All-American. With Pruitt at Alabama, Tutt may be the Tide’s to lose.
He will announce his commitment on May 30, 2017, to honor his brother who died earlier this year in a car accident. Chris Tutt would have turned 21 years old on May 30, 2017.
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.