GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF has taken an early lead for a coveted defensive tackle and a fast-rising cornerback.
CB Latavious Brini (Hialeah, Fla.) and DT Aubrey Solomon (Leesburg, Ga.) both attended Florida’s Junior Day on Jan. 30 and put the Gators on top after their visits.
“I liked it, I really did,” Solomon said of the trip. “They really made me feel welcomed. To me, they sit on top right now. I really like what they did. I just like what they do, so they’re at the top for sure.”
Kentucky was the leader for Brini heading into his visit to UF, but that changed after getting offered personally by Jim McElwain.
“Right now, it’s Florida,” Brini said when asked for his leader. “The coaches had great energy. The staff was great. It’s the type of staff you can talk to and have a great conversation with.
“The head coach sat us down, talked and said, ‘You know you got this offer. You’re a great student and I love your highlight.’ I was like, ‘Oh DBU,’ that’s all I thought running through my head. Florida is great in defense and great in education.”
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Solomon said Florida’s defensive line under coach Chris Rumph impresses him, but there’s something more that stands out about the school.
“I like how they get after it, especially how they led in sacks,” Solomon said. “I like what they’re doing down here. (Coach Rumph) has a lot of energy.
“So far, this school stood out pretty well. I just like how they’re not football first. It’s not a business with them. They’re trying to mold you into a man, really. That’s the first thing they’re trying to do.”
The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Brini listed several factors he likes about the Gators.
“Their defense took a lot of great guys to the pros,” he said. “They have a lot of people graduate with master’s degrees. The education is outstanding, the football team is outstanding. The campus is huge, huge compared to other campuses I’ve seen.”
Brini has gained eight more offers since receiving one from Florida, including Arkansas, LSU and Miami. Most sites have yet to rate him, but he’s now a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 15 cornerback on 247Sports.
Solomon is also the 15th-ranked prospect at his position by 247Sports, but he’s the No. 5 defensive tackle in the industry-generated composite rankings. Clemson is his other favorite at this time, and he hopes to visit Georgia and Ohio State in the spring.
Both Brini and Solomon told SEC Country they’re taking their recruitments slow and will wait to decide.