Solomon has a clear favorite

With C Juan Garcia getting a sixth year, the Huskies are in good shape at the pivot position for the 2009 season, but they need to bring in a player to groom for the future. The player they've set their sights on is Leuzinger (Lawndale, Ca.) OL Jonathan Solomon. He's close to making a decision and said Washington is at the top of his list.

"Washington is my number one school by far," Solomon told recently. "The school, their tradition, their football program, all of it is just great and fits me perfectly and I have a really good relationship with coach Trent Miles, we talk on the phone all the time."

Solomon has the size (6-3, 295) to play almost anywhere along the line, but he said the Husky coaches have intimated they like him at the center position.

"They are pretty much talking to me about playing O-line, but they've talked about center a lot," Solomon said. "I think I can play anywhere and be happy – I just want to play and have a chance to compete for playing time early."

Solomon played at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles last year, but because of a family issue back in Ohio, he headed there during the summer and expected to play his senior year back in the Buckeye State. However, things changed, but when he returned and talked to the Fairfax coaches they told him they thought he should sit out the first six games because he missed most of training camp.

"That's why I'm here at Leuzinger and I'm really happy," Solomon said. "I feel more comfortable here and I'm a lot happier here."

Solomon and two teammates – DT/OL Patelesio Leilua and DT/DE Ottis Jones – will be in attendance at Washington's game against UCLA and even though he'll be a guest of the Bruins, the Huskies are the team he'll be rooting for.

"I'm probably going to get kicked out because I'm going to be rooting for Washington," Solomon said with a laugh. "Craig Noble will be there too. He's a really good friend of mine and he's already committed to Washington and then Dominique Blackman is another player that I'm close with and he's committed to U-Dub too.

"Both of those guys are good friends of mine and for me to be able to go up there and play with them – that would be great."

Solomon has four offers on the table right now – Colorado State, Washington, Oregon and Boise State – and schools like UCLA, Washington State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Syracuse have called so far this month.

"Washington State has really heated up a lot and those other schools have all been calling, but Washington is where I'm leaning to," Solomon said. "I'm planning to go up to Seattle for the Apple Cup and I may even commit before I go up there."

Leuzinger is 2-1 and will face Hawthorne next Friday with Solomon right in the middle of the action on both sides of the ball.

We'll have more from Solomon in the very near future.

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