Prior to visiting Michigan last weekend no one with any insight into Aubrey Solomon's recruitment believed the Wolverines had much of a shot at him. That even goes for the young man himself. His tentative official visit slate consisted of Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, USC, and Oregon. Furthermore Michigan didn’t even crack his top ten. He didn’t even know that he was among Michigan’s major targets. That in part explains why he had initially planned to be at Alabama Saturday. It is against that backdrop that he made the shocking decision to commit to the Mazie & Blue moments after his teammate Otis Reese did.
“I came into Michigan not knowing that I had an offer,” Solomon said. “Once I found that out it really changed everything. Then seeing what they could do for me in the future, like 10-20 years after football, I just fell in love with it. It wasn't just football, it was ‘what would I do for the rest of my life after football?’"
The Peach State star wasn’t on campus very long before thoughts of committing began crossing his mind.
"It was really once I got there (and) I met all the coaches, met all the staff, and looked at their scheme,” Solomon said. “Then I saw what I could do and what they could do for me in the future, (not just) football."
The point man in Solomon’s recruitment was Michigan linebackers and special teams coach Chris Partridge. As was the case with Reese, the first-year assistant’s personality was a real lure.
"He's the man,” said Solomon. “He's honest and not scared to be himself."
If Partridge was the hook to Michigan, the person responsible for reeling him in was the head honcho himself.
"I'd say Coach Harbaugh for sure. For sure,” said Solomon. “He's just different. The way he does things is different and I like the way he leads his team."
He also liked the prospects of lining up on the same defensive front as 2016’s top prospect overall, Rashan Gary. The Wolverines, much like they do with Gary, plan to take advantage of Solomon’s versatility.
"Really they said I could possibly play every position (on the defensive line),” he said. “They don't just see me as a nose guard."
For more from Solomon himself on his Michigan commitment, press play above.