2017 Season Countdown: #26 Aubrey Solomon

2017 Season Countdown: #26 Aubrey Solomon


August 8, 2017

Aubrey Solomon

Name: Aubrey Solomon
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 288 lbs.
High school: Leesburg (GA) Lee County
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #5
Last year: Solomon was a senior in high school.
TTB Rating: 89

Solomon committed to Michigan in June of 2016 (LINK). And then he committed again in February of 2017 (LINK). Why did he have to commit to Michigan twice? Because in between, Michigan thanked him for attending the BBQ at the Big House that he didn’t attend, and they spelled his name wrong, which led to a decommitment (LINK). I can’t blame him for being miffed, but he was also recorded saying “f*** Michigan” by another player at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Hope seemed to dissipate at that point . . . until a couple days later, Michigan Crystal Balls started to pop up. The rest is history, and Michigan landed a 5-star and the #24 overall player in the country.

Solomon arrived on campus this summer, and initial reports were not glowing. He was rumored to be less physical than expected, despite the fact that he has to realize there’s an opportunity for immediate playing time behind nose tackle Bryan Mone. But here’s him defeating sophomore offensive guard Ben Bredeson:

 

If he’s not quite powerful enough to be a standout as a freshman, he doesn’t seem too far off.

The Wolverines need a nose tackle to step up this year, now that Maurice Hurst, Jr. has moved to the 3-tech position and Ryan Glasgow is in the NFL. Sophomore Michael Dwumfour can play some nose, too, but it’s a position that’s pretty light beyond Mone unless guys start shifting around. I’ve said for a while that I think Solomon will be the #2 nose tackle, and while it might take him a bit of time to adjust, I think he has to fill that role this season. I think he will be pretty good by the second half of the year, if not earlier.

Prediction: Backup nose tackle

8 comments

  1. Comments: 1149
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    Roanman
    Aug 08, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Maybe he could use some upper body strength, but he has some seriously quick feet and some impressive technique for a freshman.

  2. Comments: 994
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    je93
    Aug 08, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    How can you be not physical enough, in the summer?

    “He was rumored to be less physical than expected… “

  3. JC
    Comments: 211
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    JC
    Aug 08, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Solomon has been a bit of a roller coaster during recruitment, and during camp.

    I have Mone ranked within the top 5, as the NT is an integral part of this defense, and Solomon appears to be the only backup. Mone has got the size and ability, but I’m really worried about his endurance, and if he can stay healthy for the entire year.

    The video with Solomon and Bredeson makes me feel a pinch better.

  4. Comments: 531
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    michymich
    Aug 08, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    He clearly has the talent. If he has the heart he will have an outstanding career in college and will be playing on Sundays.

  5. Lanknows
    Comments: 3928
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    Lanknows
    Aug 08, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Hurst has a ton of NT experience.

    I have doubts about Solomon being an instant impact guy – I hope they are dispelled right away.

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      je93
      Aug 08, 2017 at 11:57 PM

      Agree. But if Mone issue in better shape than he looks, all we really need from Dwumfor & Solomon is to be able to step in and not screw up (at first), and improve as the season progresses into October/November

      • Comments: 994
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        je93
        Aug 08, 2017 at 11:57 PM

        *if Mone is

        stupid autocorrect

  6. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Aug 15, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Interesting notes here that Marshall is up to 290 pounds and drawing praise from Mattison. Dwumfour is “a bigger Mo Hurst”. Sounds like those 2 will be the ones Solomon would be competing with for a backup rotation spot.

    http://scout.com/college/michigan/Board/102410/Contents/Inside-the-Sub-Vol-8-Non-freshman-D-line-Depth-106145940

    You would guess that all 3 of them get snaps on the interior until they sort things out.

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