LB Solomon: “Miami and Michigan are my clear top 2.”

LB Solomon: “Miami and Michigan are my clear top 2.”

Stefan Adams
St. Thomas 2019 LB Anthony Solomon is coming off a huge past two weeks. He started by winning the LB MVP at the Rivals 3 Stripe Miami Camp last week and followed that up with a great performance at the Opening Miami Regional yesterday.

“I feel like I did pretty good. I did what I had to do. I believe the coaches here critiqued me good, so I’ll be working on that at home to get better.”

Individually, the 6’1” 200 pound junior had a big season on the field, but is looking for more team success in his senior year.

“I had 77 tackles, a couple pass break-ups, and forced fumble for a touchdown,” said Solomon. “We didn’t get to where we wanted to, though. The tradition at St. Thomas is that we’re supposed to go to states… you can’t spell “states” without “STA” (St. Thomas Aquinas). We didn’t make it there last year, but I know for a fact I won’t let it happen again this year.”

Recruiting has begun to ramp up for Solomon now that the 2018 class has wrapped up and he talked about what that’s been like lately.

“The most (I hear from) so far is UM, Michigan, South Carolina, Ohio State… and Oregon too, I’ll be trying to go to Oregon soon.”

While he’s hearing from the entire staff at Miami on a regular basis, Solomon points to defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as the coach he has the best relationship with. Because of that, the Canes are in his top 2.

“Right now it’s between Miami and Michigan fighting it out. They’re my clear top 2,” Solomon said. “Ohio State’s probably going to come into the mix real soon, because I’m planning on taking a visit up there sometime in the spring.”

Solomon’s mother is actually a UM grad: she attended Miami from 1987 to 1992 and studied public relations. Solomon himself is coming off an unofficial visit to Miami this past weekend. How’d that go?

“It was actually really nice, I spent the day with coaches and teammates,” Solomon said on the visit. “It was really just to see the campus, get comfortable with each other. We watched some basketball (Miami vs. Syracuse), they showed me all the academic buildings, met some of the current players. I’m already friends with (Mike) Harley, (Michael) Irvin, (Al) Blades, when he gets there.”

While he’s enjoying the recruiting process, Solomon wants to be able to pick his school of choice by the beginning of his senior year to focus on the football season. And yes, academics will play a role in that decision.

“For me, a big factor for school is how good the educational program is. Every school is going to tell you they have the best academic programs, but you have to see it on paper for yourself.”

 

Comments (59)

For those that follow recruiting more than others (like myself), who would you put in your Top 10 (LB only) names of good prospects for Canes to go after? Just need some names to know....
 
Stefan, any idea who's at the top of the LB board for the staff?

Solomon and Brown's tape looks good, def alot of speed for both guys, but neither film has that wow factor compared to others at LB.

IMO

Huff
Eaford
Brooks
Pierre

Should be the top targets based on film
 
Franchise, exactly. The U was good enough for Mom but not for him? Once he realizes UM academics are on par with Michigan, not reason to leave. And I’m sure Mom wants to attend games. If this kid didn’t end up here with Mom as big of a fan as she is, it would be a head scratcher. Kid gets to atrend moms alma mater? My money is on UM.
 
Michigan's on the downturn. That class of there's was abysmal and they're not catching up to Ohio St. I can't envision Harbaugh being there that much longer.
 
Nobody shouid want to get to Michigan lol Harbaugh is doing next to nothing there
 
Stefan, any idea who's at the top of the LB board for the staff?

Solomon and Brown's tape looks good, def alot of speed for both guys, but neither film has that wow factor compared to others at LB.

Disagree. This film absolutely wowed me. You have to pay attention to the details:

Alignment versatility - inside, outside, shading slot, edge rush in 2-pt stance
Positional versatility - filling gaps inside, shedding blocks on the edge, covering in space
Intangibles - urgency, technique, physicality
Movement - extremely fluid and agile, good speed and quickness, clean footwork and hand use

This is an outstanding OLB prospect and it would be a travesty if he's not a Cane.

If you need head-bussa hits to be wowed by LB film then there's always another Charles Perry out there waiting to be found.:snoopfacepalm:
 
If he puts OSU in his top 3 it's a wrap. Who is the last St. Thomas kid we swayed away from there?
 
Those of you old enough to remember Coach Smith know that STA kids didn't play the hat game and NEVER reneged on their commitments. Coach Harriott values that and what happened with Mike Harley is extremely unlikely to happen again at STA. When Anthony commits, I can guarantee you that he will sign with the school to which he commits.
 
Stefan, any idea who's at the top of the LB board for the staff?

Solomon and Brown's tape looks good, def alot of speed for both guys, but neither film has that wow factor compared to others at LB.

IMO

Huff
Eaford
Brooks
Pierre

Should be the top targets based on film

For those that follow recruiting more than others (like myself), who would you put in your Top 10 (LB only) names of good prospects for Canes to go after? Just need some names to know....

***Not counting the big names from Georgia, Owen Pappoe and Karen Deloach (studs imo, but most likely Georgia/Bama, etc), or Diamante Howard who is currently a bit of a mystery commitment as a DB/LB***...

Here are 10 instate names...No exact order, but imo the names towards top are very good prospects and MAY be staffs top targets

Solomon, STA
Huff, STA
Brooks, MNW
R.Davis Wekulva (LB/DE)
Eaford, Deerfield
J. Brown, STA
Pierre (Commit)
K.Smith, Chaminade (S/LB)
D.Williams, Norland
Mikel Jones, IMG
 
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