"It's a dream come true, that's for sure," Solomon said. "As a kid, you look up to the people going through things like that. To finally have the opportunity, I'm grateful and thankful. My hard work is paying off and hopefully more of my hard work will pay off as I go into the future."
A standout tackle at Bishop Chatard (Ind.) High School, Solomon holds offers from Illinois and Purdue, and has received interest from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, among others.
The offer from Purdue came toward the end of December, when coach Jon Heacock broke the good news. Solomon first met Heacock during his visit in September and the two have begun to build a relationship.
"It's growing," Solomon said of his bond with Heacock. "I've met him and he's a really good guy. We'll stay in contact and I know it will grow as the year progresses."
Though it was a rocky rebuilding year for Purdue, Solomon still believes in the direction of the program. Heacock and the Boilermaker coaches have him feeling good about their future.
"I really like what they have to offer," Solomon said. "I know it wasn't the year that they wanted to have, but they're an up and coming team. They have a lot of good young talent and recruits coming in. It's a growing process but I know they're going to keep getting better. They're doing all the right things."
Solomon expects his recruitment to pick up once Signing Day is completed for the 2014 class, allowing coaches to shift their focus to the next class. He can expect many coaches to be stopping by in the coming months.
Bishop Chatard's offensive line is loaded with college talent. At left tackle, Solomon's teammate and good friend, Matt McCann, is also drawing the eyes of college coaches. Purdue, Indiana and Iowa have already offered.
With offers out to both talented tackles, the Boilermakers can begin dreaming of landing the duo.
"There's always a chance," Solomon said. "We just have to see where everything lands, who wants who. It's going to be different for both of us, but it will come over time to see what happens with that. We have time to keep getting better, progress, and schools will keep looking at both of us."
For now, Solomon is just living the dream. His college possibilities are just beginning.