Solomona: A Contradiction in Terms?

<b>Chris Solomona</b>, a 6-5, 285-pound defensive tackle from San Pedro, California is still reminiscing over this past season. El Camino was eliminated from bowl contention, leaving Chris in the unenviable position of thinking about what could have been.

"We're pretty much done," he told last night. "If we had won our last game we would have had a chance to play in a bowl game, but we lost to our rivals, Mt. SAC. We just didn't come out to play and they got us pretty good. We lost 31-17. We finished the season 4-6, but I had a pretty good season."

Even though the season is done, Chris just recently found out some good news about his play in particular. "I just found out that I made JC All-American," he said. "It was in the LA Times. My coach came up and congratulated me. He told me that personally."

So while the JC All-American did improve by leaps and bounds this year, he knows that he's just scratched the surface. "I became a smarter football player," he said. "I'm in the best shape of my life. I feel like I have a lot more to prove, but I know I got a lot better. I can get a lot better. There are a lot of things, pass rush moves that I didn't use as much. At the next level I'll be able to use a lot more of those pass rush moves."

Now that his season is over, Solomona is attending to other business, namely taking his official visits to the schools that are expressing interest in him. "Actually I just came back from Arizona," he said. "I liked it. I liked it a lot back there. They showed me a good picture of what they are offering and the whole atmosphere. I liked the guys out there, the players. They all seemed cool. I liked the coaches. The weather was alright. It was like 50 or 60 out there but the sun was out. It was nice."

His next trip is to the school he originally signed with out of high school, the University of Washington. "I'm going to Washington this weekend. I'm scheduled to visit Kansas State next weekend, but I'm not sure if I'm going to go out there. I'm wide open but I want to narrow my options down a little bit."

The schools that are currently pursuing Solomona are Washington, Arizona, Oregon and BYU. Chris said that he plans on visiting Oregon sometime in January, but hasn't scheduled it yet.

When it comes to Solomona, the Huskies aren't taking any chances, putting the Head Coach on the case, as well as Chris' future position coach. "They called yesterday, but I wasn't in," he said. "Coach Neuheisel and Coach Hart called. They talked to my father. They are coming on Wednesday to see me. They've been telling me that they are excited and can't wait to see me this weekend. I'm excited as well. I'm looking forward to seeing Zach (Tuiasosopo)."

So, with all that's been said to this point about Chris, is it still safe to assume that he is a soft commit to the Huskies, a position he's taken throughout the recruiting process the past few months? "At this point, yeah," he said.

We'll be in touch with Chris after his official visit to see if he reaffirmed his commitment to the Dawgs or if he's still going to take other visits. Top Stories