JUCO Safety Set To Sign With Ball State

Riverside S Terin Solomon (6-0, 180) has committed to play for Ball State this fall...

"I committed to Ball State," a happy Solomon told JCFootball.com shortly after making his decision. "I visited there last weekend and I feel like I can help the team this year no matter where they want me on the field, plus, everyone there was treated like family and I enjoy that environment."

Solomon chose Ball State over an offer from South Alabama.

As he noted, Solomon took his trip to Ball State last weekend, but didn't commit while he was there.

"I didn't want to commit to anything prematurely before I had time to sit back and think on things."

As a freshman last season, while starting 11 of the Tigers' 12 games, Solomon totaled 52 tackles, two sacks, four tackles-for-loss and seven pass breakups while playing both strong safety and nickel corner.

"I know what my players are supposed to do and I know what the offense is trying to do," Solomon, who was elected a team captain, noted.

This offseason, he's been working quite a bit on getting bigger and his footwork.

Solomon prepped at Murrieta (Ca.) Valley High School and signed with Oregon State, but after a brief misunderstanding, he decided to leave and enroll at Riverside.

"I left a week before the first game," Solomon said. "I didn't enroll or take classes, so I saved a year and then I enrolled here at Riverside because coach Tom Craft is a historic junior college coach in California and coached at San Diego State so I figured I'd be best suited to play for him."

Solomon will sign with Ball State shortly and then plans to enroll there this summer and he will have four years to play three starting this fall.

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