Interview by Eugene Hankerson
Story by Josh Henschke
With the major focus on the Army All-American Bowl this week, the 2017 class has used most of the spotlight to showcase the talents of the incoming recruits in the current class. Also happening during the week is the Army Combine where the best underclassmen around the nation to showcase the future of the recruiting world.
2019 four-star OLB Anthony Solomon from Floridian powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, was one of the attendees during the combine. He says that he was looking forward to the competition the events would bring and says that he is looking forward to showing off his speed as he believes it matches up well with other offensive players.
"The competition," Solomon said. "I like traveling around and playing the best in the state, see who the best really is. Covering running backs, I say, will be easy today I hope. It will be fun, it's fun, my speed side-to-side is really good and my change in direction, I'm good at covering."
With a very long time to go until his recruitment wraps up, Solomon boasts 23 offers from juggernaut programs from across the country. Michigan is one of those programs that saw enough from the young linebacker to extend an offer his way. While he doesn't know much about the Wolverines, he has heard many good things thanks to Devin Bush JR and senior, a family Solomon is very familiar with.
"I've been watching the Wolverines since I was little and heard many good things about them," Solomon said. "My close friend, Devin Bush, plays there. I know his dad, their family and my family grew up together. Having him there is nice, he says nothing but good things and I'll be sure to ask him more at Thanksgiving."
For now, Solomon says that Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Tennessee are schools that are sticking out to him so far during the early stages of his recruitment. Despite not taking any visits yet, he says that towards the end of January and into February he will start taking visits to schools. Solomon also says that Florida State has a special connection to him as his sister attends the university along with Devin Bush's sister. However, the Wolverines also have a special connection thanks to the presence of the Bush's on campus.
In terms of distance, Solomon says that it won't be a factor for him although his mother might need some convincing.
"I would like to leave the nest," Solomon said. "I'm the youngest one [so I'm the baby.]"
After he conducts his visits, factors for considering programs further will have to come into play. Solomon, a guy that stresses the importance of academics and good grades, says the academic acumen of the schools he is interested in will play a role towards his final decision.
"Whatever I want to study in college will definitely play a major factor with the school that I have an eye on or has an eye on me," Solomon said. "If they're good in the field I want to study and they have a good reputation that would definitely help me. The football program definitely, how I feel I would fit in with the school."null