Offensive guard Ron Solt starred at the University of Maryland back in the 1980s, and eventually became a first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 1984. He made one Pro Bowl during an eight-year career with the Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, some three decades later, his son, Ryan Solt, is trying to make a name for himself as well. A class of 2017 guard for James M Coughlin High (Wilkes Barre, Pa.), Ron Solt’s alma mater, Ryan Solt stands 6-feet-3, 260 pounds, and figures to earn his share of scholarship offers before it’s all said and done. Solt doesn’t have any verbals yet, though plenty of programs have streamed through Coughlin this spring.
“I know Pittsburgh game in, Syracuse was by, a coach from Maryland was talking to my head coach, Rutgers was in, Penn State was in and a few more too,” Solt said. “I know Pitt’s been showing a lot of interest, so hopefully something happens there. But mainly it’s just been coaches telling me they’re interested and they want to see me in camp. So hopefully I’ll do well at a bunch of these summer camps and get my first offers after that.”
Solt, who didn’t take any campus visits this offseason, said he’s scheduled to hit Pitt May 31, Syracuse June 4, Maryland June 14 and Penn State June 26. He previously attended one-days at Rutgers, PSU and Cuse last summer.
“I’m thinking Maryland and Pitt could offer once they see me work out,” Solt said. “But honestly I’m just going to go in, do my best and hopefully something will come of it. And honestly, I’d love to get an offer from Maryland since my dad went there, and I love Penn State too. But really I’m open to anything; I’m open to anyone who takes the time to show interest in me.”
Speaking of the Terps, Solt said he has been in College Park, Md., before, but not recently. He said he and his father haven’t had an opportunity to return for a game in a couple years, although Ron Solt still does talk up his alma mater.
“My dad loves Maryland and wishes he could get back there more often. And I have a lot of interest in Maryland too; I’d love to follow in his footsteps there,” Solt said. “Maryland is a great school, it’s not too far away and it’s in the Big Ten. It would be a great opportunity for me. But, at the same time, my dad isn’t going to push Maryland or any school on me. He always says go where you feel most comfortable.”
Solt said he hasn’t spoken or exchanged messages with any Terps recruiters yet, but apparently his head coach relayed the interest, while Ron Solt has talked to a couple UMD staffers previously.
“I know my dad was showing some Maryland coaches my highlights and things like that,” Solt said. “So hopefully I’ll go down to that camp, do what I need to do, and come away with an offer. It would be huge.”
Last year Solt started as a sophomore on varsity, lining up at guard and center, while also performing long-snapping duties. He said he projects at either guard or center in college.
“My best asset is my pass blocking. I only gave up one sack last year starting on varsity as a sophomore. I think my run blocking is pretty good, and getting to the second level,” Solt said. “But I need to stay lower and make sure I widen my base a little bit. But pass protection is definitely my biggest attribute.”
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