Solomon to camp at OSU

OREGON STATE is one of the schools taking a long look at Seattle's Jeffrey Solomon -- an athlete who excels at any number of positions for Ingraham High. His prep coach says he's one of the top football athletes in the state of Washington and has the leadership, work ethic and character to match.

Oregon State has invited Solomon, as well as teammates WR Myron Beck and DE Mondala Green down to Corvallis for the Beaver summer camp. We'll be profiling Beck and Green -- and sleeper MLB Michael Collins -- later on BeaverFootball.com.

Solomon said he had a good conversation recently with coach Bruce Read recently, although he wasn't sure if there had been a mix-up in the tapes.

"He seemed pretty cool," said Solomon. "He said he didn't really see me as an quarterback but from the way he was describing it, I don't think he had my tape -- I think he might have been looking at me on Myron's tape," he said with a laugh.

Quarterback, defensive back, punter, special teams threat -- you name it -- Solomon (6-1, 185) does it all, said Ingraham head man Anthony Williams.

"I can't say enough about this kid," said Williams. "He'll punt the ball between the 5-yard line and the end zone. He's one of those guys who does everything -- that no one else does. He's the hardest worker."

Williams said besides his sterling athleticism, its Solomon's football smarts, work ethic and can-do attitude that will serve him well at the next level regardless of where he lines up, and also in life.

"He's special to me because he's started since he was a freshman and played wherever I've needed him to, without any qualms whatsoever," said Williams. "And now he's come into his size...Jeffrey is one of those guys that takes initiative. He doesn't sit on his hands and wait for things to get done. He's always the smartest kid on the field."

Oregon State, Washington State, Washington and Boise State have all come by the school but still, Williams says most schools have yet to see Solomon play in person as he performed on a 3-7 team his junior year. Ingraham also just doesn't get as much publicity as some of the other area teams.

WILLIAMS, HOWEVER, IS FIELDING more calls on Solomon these days since his tape went out. In addition to the four schools above, Solomon is hearing from Eastern Washington, Idaho, Illinois, Utah and Texas.

Solomon said the Huskies are recruiting the hardest right now and that UW is his leader, albeit slightly and he noted that it's still early. He has yet to receive his first offer as but that could change in the very near future, especially when schools get the chance to see him live at their camp.

Future plans include the OSU half day camp, Washington camp, NIKE combine in Eugene, and the Barton's QB and skill positions camp.

SCHOOLS ARE MOSTLY recruiting Solomon as an athlete and being the consummate team player he is, Solomon will play anywhere, anytime. He does think, however, his most effective position might be quarterback, making plays with his legs as well as his arm. Its one of the reasons he made the connection with UW coach Ty Willingham while at the Huskies junior day.

"That was good too," said Solomon. "My first impression of coach Willingham was very good, he seems like a straight-to-the-point kind of guy. That's why my interest in UW is pretty high too since my first impression of him is that he would be pretty fair, a good coach -- because he played quarterback and he was undersized too."

Solomon said all the schools look to offer a good education so a coaching staff is what he's looking at most right now. In a position coach, Solomon hopes to play for someone who can help make him a better football player, but also someone he can have a solid relationship with off the gridiron -- one that would continue after his collegiate playing days are over.

"If I can learn a lot and also win at the same time, that would be ideal," said Solomon.

Ingraham High stats:
JR. year, 1790 yards passing, with 15 TDs. Defensively, had 51 tackles (37 solo) 1 INT
SO. year, 1850 yards passing, 17 TDs. Solomon was first team all-Metro at quarterback as a sophomore and in both years, was top ten in the state in passing.

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