Aubrey Solomon always appeared to be a long shot for Florida.
As it turns out, he was.
The 5-star defensive tackle from Leesburg, Ga., eliminated Auburn and Florida on Saturday and cancelled his upcoming trips to both schools. The Gators were scheduled host Solomon on Jan. 27, the weekend before National Signing Day.
At this time, he only plans to visit Southern Cal (Jan. 13) and will then decide between Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and USC.
Final 4 ?? no questions please and thank you ? pic.twitter.com/LJpqhCubFL
— Aubrey Solomon (@AubreySolomon91) January 8, 2017
Former UF defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and defensive line coach Chris Rumph went to see Solomon on Dec. 7 and secured his last official visit. However, Solomon still seemed like a pipe dream for Florida.
He had not visited the school since Jan. 30 nor expressed interest in the Gators during the fall. However, with six different leaders named during his recruitment, the UF coaches hoped they could sway the impressionable Solomon on that final recruiting weekend.
Florida now turns its attention to defensive tackles Elijah Conliffe (Hampton, Va.), Tyrone Truesdell (Augusta, Ga.) and U.S. Army All-American T.J. Slaton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Slaton and Truesdell have called UF their No. 1 school and will visit this month. The Gators offered Conliffe, a 4-star recruit, on Dec. 27 and he’s considering a trip to Gainesville.