June 18, 2016
The Michigan Wolverines continue to upgrade the interior of their defensive line in a big way, securing the commitment of 4-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon on Saturday, per Steve Lorenz of 247Sports.
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Solomon is the No. 6 player at his position and No. 94 overall in the 2017 recruiting class. He’s also the 10th-best player in the state of Georgia.
Listed at 6’3″, 305 pounds, Solomon possesses nice versatility for his position. His duties will primarily be stopping the run and occupying blockers to help his teammates coming off the edge. His size and agility allow him to help out in the pass rush as well. He could easily collect four or five sacks in a season once he finds his footing.
Chris Kirschner of SEC Country offered a good look at how light on his feet Solomon is for a defensive tackle:
Solomon will likely add a bit of weight once Michigan puts him on a regular strength-and-conditioning regimen, and how much muscle he adds will help define his role in the Wolverines defense. Ideally, he will find a nice balance that makes him strong enough to push around opposing linemen but also remain athletic.
No matter his size, Solomon will need to improve upon his technique in order to realize his potential. So long as he puts in the time on the practice field, that shouldn’t be a major issue.
Since he’s somewhat far from a finished product, Solomon will be best served by sitting back in the depth chart in 2017 and being used primarily in emergency situations in the event of injuries to Michigan’s other options.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done an outstanding job of bringing talent to Ann Arbor. He secured the services of this year’s best player, defensive tackle Rashan Gary, and has already added another stud in Solomon for next year’s class.
The physical tools are there for Solomon to be a force inside, and his flaws technique-wise are largely coachable. Once he blossoms in a few more years, Solomon should vie for all-conference and potentially All-American honors.
Recruit information and star ratings are courtesy of 247Sports.
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