LEESBURG, Ga. — One factor that won’t matter in Aubrey Solomon’s recruitment is proximity to home.
For the nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle, home is wherever the Navy sends him.
“With my mom being in the military,” Solomon said, “I’ve done a lot of moving.”
Solomon was born in Fresno, Calif., but has lived in five different states growing up.
He and his family moved from Cali to Arizona, then to Virginia and back to Arizona. From there they lived in Las Vegas for a couple years before relocating to Georgia in 2009.
“We were supposed to move from the South again,” Solomon said. “But I told her it felt like home, so we stayed.”
It’s in the South where Solomon has developed into an elite recruit and grown into a towering 6-foot-4, 296-pound defensive tackle at Lee County High School.
“When I lived in California and Las Vegas, my little brother was bigger than me,” Solomon said. “He used to bully me a lot, beat me up and everything. Then I moved to the South, and I guess with that southern-style cooking, I got big out of nowhere.”
Elite DT Aubrey Solomon (6-4, 296) was shorter than his little brother, Kermit, in elementary and middle school. pic.twitter.com/qM5trePZfw
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) April 25, 2016
It didn’t take long for his newfound size to translate into talent. In the last game of his freshman season, Solomon had a breakout performance highlighted by two sacks and four tackles for loss.
“Ole Miss and Mississippi State were there and they both offered me right after the game,” Solomon said.
Since then, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and several other schools have followed suit. The opportunity to play in the SEC is appealing to Solomon.
“The SEC has all the juggernauts,” he said. “Just big, talented D-linemen. I know there’s a rich history in the SEC and that gives them the upper hand.”
Maybe he’s itching to move again.
His current top five in order is Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Auburn and Florida. Solomon became enamored with Oregon when he lived in California and also has interest in Michigan because he’s a 49ers fan.
Distance obviously isn’t a barrier.
“I was talking to my mom about that the other day,” Solomon said. “I actually could see myself playing in the West Coast. I have more family there than in the South, but I like it here. I just have to figure it out.”
The four-star prospect plans to make his decision on Oct. 31. The determining factor for him is finding the school his mother, Sabrina Caldwell, feels comfortable with.
After all, it’ll be his home for the four next years.
“They have to make an impact on my mom and my whole family,” Solomon said. “If they do that, they got me.”
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