Miami recruiting: OLB Anthony Solomon wants clarity of role from Miami
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Legacy OLB Anthony Solomon gets ready to visit Miami
As long as Anthony Solomon can remember, Miami has been part of his life. His mother attended the school, so Saturdays have been filled with Hurricanes football, and he knows more about the school in general than the average recruit his age.
“Her always harping on me about UM is something that she does,” Solomon told DieHards.
The 4-star outside linebacker has visited Miami a handful of times during the past year and will be back Saturday to watch the Hurricanes men’s basketball team face off against Syracuse at the Watsco Center. While Solomon isn’t in any rush to make a decision, Solomon’s family ties will inevitably keep Miami in the picture long-term.
It could make for one of the Hurricanes’ most important hauls in the Class of 2019. All three of Miami’s starting linebackers are entering their junior seasons, which means all three could head to the NFL draft after the year. Recruiting elite linebackers capable of contributing from Day 1 will be a priority and Solomon fits the bill. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker is ranked No. 10 at his position and No. 138 overall in the 247Sports composite rankings. He racked up 77 tackles and 2 sacks, and returned a fumble for a touchdowns during his junior season at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
This weekend, Solomon proved he’s maybe the best linebacker in South Florida. The junior earned linebacker MVP honors at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp on Sunday, displaying his excellence in coverage.
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— Kaleith Solomon (@KaleithS) February 11, 2018
“Right now I’m working on my speed, my strength,” Solomon said. “The same things I’m always working on.”
The skills he was able to showcase in Hialeah, Fla., are why he’s so coveted, specifically by Michigan. Solomon has frequently called the Wolverines his No. 1 choice, partially because Michigan envisions him playing a unique role.
The Wolverines typically run a 3-3-5 defensive which uses a hybrid linebacker-safety as the fifth defensive back. Jabrill Peppers earned Heisman Trophy consideration playing the “viper” position in 2016. Coach Jim Harbaugh sees Solomon as the next in line.
“It is very appealing,” Solomon said. “Being able to move around and run up and down and have the freedom of free mobility, that’s something that I’m all about and I’m up for.”
For the Hurricanes to chase down Michigan, they’ll have to give Solomon more clarity about where they envision him playing.
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At St. Thomas Aquinas, Solomon primarily spent his senior season as a strongside linebacker, although he rotated all over the field. He’s more than capable of playing middle linebacker at the high school level and also occasionally slides out to the weakside. His coverage ability means he would be a logical fit to continue playing the strongside for Miami.
“At this moment, I haven’t been able to sit down and go into detail about where I’d be playing. Miami has just been a part of my life forever,” Solomon said. “For UM I’m just waiting to see how that goes further down the road.”
Linebacker will be a priority for the Hurricanes in this class and the core of the group could run through the Raiders’ roster. Miami is in the early mix for Solomon — along with Florida State, Clemson and the Wolverines — but is probably in an even better position for one of his teammates.
Although currently unranked by the 247Sports composite rankings, outside linebacker Jahmar Brown holds a 4-star grade from 247Sports.com. The 6-1, 195-pound linebacker is a similar style player to Solomon, capable of easily finding a spot as an outside linebacker in a 4-3, likely on the weakside.
Brown’s role was a bit smaller than Solomon’s as a junior — Brown only recorded 30 tackles and 2 sacks — but his stock should jump during the next year once he performs on the camp circuit and gains an expanded role at St. Thomas Aquinas. He will visit Coral Gables, Fla., alongside Solomon this weekend.
Miami offers 2020 tackle from Ohio
Miami has another out-of-state offer out in the Class of 2020 and it’s for one of the best offensive linemen in the Midwest. The Hurricanes, who already boast the No. 1 class in the 247Sports composite rankings, sent out an offer to Paris Johnson Jr. of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Johnson is the sixth offensive lineman in the class to receive an offer from Miami.
— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) February 15, 2018
While Johnson is unranked in the 247Sports composite, the 6-7, 275-pound sophomore checks in at No. 111 overall in 247Sports’ own rankings. The offensive lineman, who also plays some tight end, now holds offers from 21 schools, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana and Stanford.
The Hurricanes have not yet landed an offensive lineman in the 2020 cycle, although they do hold commitments from five top-100 prospects.
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