Five-star Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon let it be known Saturday night that he was giving fans 21 minutes to prepare for him to cut down his list of schools to a final four:
Technically, it took him 24 minutes, but Solomon soon tweeted out "Final 4 no questions please and thank you" along with a graphic of him superimposed in front of four college logos. Solomon trimmed his list to USC, Alabama, Michigan and Georgia.
The 6-foot-3, 304-pound run stuffer is the second-ranked defensive tackle in the country and the No. 20 overall prospect in the 2017 Scout 300. In other words, he is just what the Trojans need with nose tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu having exhausted his eligibility after transferring from Utah as a graduate student.
"They're telling me how much they need d-linemen and their want for d-linemen,” Solomon said earlier this week.
Originally from Fresno, Solomon is scheduled to return to California next weekend when he takes an official visit to USC. He is looking to find out how well he will get along with the coaching staff and wants to learn more about the Trojans' academic game plan for him to be successful for not just the next four years, but the 40 years that follow.
"I'm looking to find out what type of people they are because I know on the phone you can be one person and then in person you can be a whole different person," Solomon said. "I'm just trying to see if we can click when we're off the phone basically.
"They've just got to show me the academic part of their program because I believe...you can play football anywhere, but you can only get a good degree from only a certain few colleges, so I really just want to see the academic part of it."
Solomon caused a stir Thursday when he said "F*** Michigan!" in a Periscope video that was posted and soon deleted. The five-star was originally committed to the Wolverines, but grew agitated after Michigan spelled his name wrong on mailings and thanked his mother for attending a recruiting trip when she had not travelled with Solomon.
He apologized for those comments on Twitter later that day and the Wolverines continue to be among the schools Solomon is considering.
After a U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice on Tuesday, Solomon said that he planned to visit USC, Auburn and Florida the final three weekends of January leading up to National Signing Day, but following the game Saturday, he told Scout that USC is the only trip that he will be taking and that he plans to make a decision in late January or on National Signing Day.
Here's a couple of Aubrey Solomon clips from Army All-American Bowl practices earlier this week:
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