Gainesville High Linebacker has Two Offers

Gainesville (FL) High School linebacker Matthew Solt has two FBS offers and his first BCS offer may be right around the corner as he continues to gain attention.

Matthew Solt, an outside linebacker at Gainesville (FL) High School, showed many of the skills it takes to play linebacker at the FBS level at practice on Thursday afternoon. That is backed up by two FBS offers from Florida Atlantic and Appalachian State and it looks like his first BCS offer may be coming soon.

Both Iowa State and Auburn were in attendance at his practice Thursday afternoon. At the very least you can expect both schools to take another look at him either this spring or during the season. The other BCS schools showing interest in the physical linebacker are Indiana and Cincinnati. The Bearcats seem the most likely to offer according to Solt, "Coach Kaufman is coming down to evaluate me and I am hoping an offer comes shortly after," said Matthew. The Coach Kaufman the linebacker is referring to is Bearcats defensive coordinator Art Kaufman. Another BCS defensive coordinator was at Thursday's practice in the form of Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham.

The 6-foot-2 and 210-pound rising senior showed plenty of athleticism and speed from his outside linebacker position during practice. He plays with a good base, low pads and leverage at the point of attack. Pursuit is also strength as he shows the speed and hustle to play from sideline to sideline.

He also has an outstanding football pedigree. His father, Ron Solt, was a great offensive lineman at the University of Maryland. His father was good enough to warrant being the 19th overall pick in the 1984 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The elder Solt went on to play 9 seasons in the NFL and had one Pro Bowl appearance in 1987.

When asked if his father had any advice on the recruiting process the younger Solt said, "My dad has told me that it is a long process and that a lot can happen between now and national signing day. It's like an interview process for both me and the schools and that I should find the school that is the best fit." He also went on to say that he has enjoyed the recruiting process thus far and has enjoyed speaking to the coaches on the phone. He has no favorites at this time and plans on letting the process play itself out.

Look for the hard-nosed linebacker to get more offers as we get closer to the end of spring and he continues to put his resume on the field together this fall. It was apparent that sometimes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree on this muggy Gainesville afternoon.

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