Arizona among safety's favorites

West Covina (Calif.) High School safety Chris Solomon is taking his time with his recruitment, but has Arizona high on his list. Read on to see what schools Arizona is competing with, when he may visit, and more.

As the summer winds down, recruiting is just beginning to heat up for West Covina (Calif.) High School safety Chris Solomon, who currently holds offers from four schools and is hearing from a number of schools out west.

"Recruiting is going really well right now," Solomon said. "I have four full-ride scholarship offers to Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, and Nevada.

"I've also been talking to USC, UCLA, and Oregon State. Also I'm talking to Washington, Washington State, and San Diego State.

"Washington has said they want to see me in person to see how I play. They've only seen footage and they want to see how I look and then we'll go from there."

With all of the schools in contact with him, the 6-foot, 180-pound senior-to-be currently has three programs that stand out the most.

"I don't have a favorite right now," Solomon said. "But I have a top three of Arizona, Arizona State, and Colorado."

Leading the recruiting efforts for the 82nd ranked safety in the country is head coach Mike Stoops, who has been working to build a relationship with Solomon and keep him up-to-date on the happenings of his program.

"I've been talking to Arizona for awhile," Solomon said. "I've been talking to Mike Stoops a lot, probably about every week. I haven't checked out their campus yet, but I've seen their facilities online. He sends me stuff about their camps and their updates and what they're doing. I also have family in Arizona, so that's why I'm shooting for a school over there.

"He's a good person to talk to. He's given me some advice. I would like to go to the school to talk and meet him in person. On the phone, he's a great person to talk to. He's very talkative, and he tells me if I have any questions to feel free to call him any time. He's really a great coach to talk to."

After expressing his interest in visiting Arizona officially, he went on to list a few other schools he hopes to make a trip to.

"I went to the junior day at ASU, but that's the only visit I've taken so far," Solomon said. "I haven't take anything official. I'm planning to take visits to Washington, Colorado, Arizona, and then I have two wide open.

"But Washington, Colorado, and Arizona for sure. I don't know what my other two will be yet. I know I'll be in Colorado some time in September. That's all I know for now."

While on his visits, Solomon will be comparing the schools based on a variety of factors that are important to him.

"I'm really interested in the school's academics," Solomon said. "I'm going to major in political science, so I want to see what's up with their political science program. I want to see the environment. I want to be around great people, great coaches, people that will always push me and people that will always be there for me.

"I want a football program that is willing to let me play and give me some playing time, so I can show them that I can do something in their program."

With a trio of favorites, as well visits in mind, all that's left for Solomon to decide is where he'll play his college football.

"I want to make my decision sometime during my season during halftime, but I have to talk to my coach about that," Solomon said. "I'll probably decide around October or November. I won't make my decision until I make all of my visits. I want to take all of my visits and see what's out there."


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