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Aubrey Solomon talks a very good game. He still plays a better game and that’s saying something.
That’s why the 5-star DT is rated as the nation’s No. 31 overall prospect and has been parked at the No. 1 spot on DawgNation’s Top 5 most vital remaining undecided recruits since way back when folks still fretted over electoral college projections and leaked emails.
Solmon has somehow gotten the fan bases and insiders at Alabama, Michigan and UGA all thinking they have a good shot at him for 2017.
This decision is now very fluid.
Solomon moved up his timetable considerably after the U.S. Army All-American Game in Texas last weekend. He now plans an official visit to USC and then maybe an official visit to Georgia.
That’s it. Then he will have his decision by the end of January.
Solomon said two things in Texas that definitely perked up DawgNation’s collective ears. That’s even though he rated the Bulldogs third in his pecking order behind Alabama and then Michigan.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder stayed close to the Georgia commitments all week in Texas. He used the term “brothers” to describe that relationship.
Solomon felt he could win a lot of games at Georgia given the talent coming in. The Bulldogs currently own the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation. He also said he knew he would have a lot of fun playing with all those guys.
“Yes, sir,” Solomon said. “I look at it like we would compete every day to make one another better but at the end of the day we would be close and we would still be a brotherhood. We could do some really good things there.”
He added one other very pro-Georgia thought. It seemed out of place for a program that’s currently holding the bronze medal on his stated leaderboard.
“Just hanging out with these guys this week to me showed me in its own way that I could really do this for a living with them,” Solomon said. “Just with them. Hang out with them. Play ball. Ball out. Hang out with them. Chill will them for 3-4 years. Those (Georgia commits) are real down-to-earth people.”
A few DawgNation readers were intrigued by that. But they also wanted to know if there was any other information out there.
They wanted to how the other UGA commits felt about Solomon and the chances there.
You guys called that play. So let’s do just that.
How do the “SICEM17s” feel about Solomon?
5-star DB Richard LeCounte III:
“I think it went well,” LeCounte said. “He seemed to enjoy being around all of us. but in the end, if he wants to come he’ll have to want to come on his own. We can’t make him come play with us but we’d love to have him.”
4-star OG Netori Johnson:
First, he offered up an evaluation.
“We need this man bad, ” Johnson said. “We are currently missing that big-time elite defensive tackle in our class. To change the program we need Aubrey. I mean to really really really change the Georgia program and get it all the way to the top fast we need this man Aubrey Solomon.”
Johnson also expressed confidence in the way things went with Solomon.
“I think he feels great about us,” Johnson said. “You can tell he liked hanging with us and now that you see us at the end of this game you see him signing autographs with us. It has been looking good.”
Johnson was hoarse after the U.S. Army All-American Game, but he still managed a laugh after he heard that Solomon had the Bulldogs rated No. 3 behind Alabama and Michigan.
“I think he’s throwing that out there man,” Johnson said. “To stir some stuff up.”
Johnson also expressed his personal prediction.
“I think we are going to get him,” Johnson said. “Out of the nine guys here that are committed to Georgia, he wore a Georgia mouthpiece today.”
4-star OT Andrew Thomas:
“I definitely want Aubrey Solomon,” Thomas said. “I had a lot of fun with him at the bowl game in San Antonio. He was always hanging out with us. He just fits in with all of the guys. I feel like he would be a great addition to the team.”
He also offered up his personal scouting report.
“He’s a good space eater,” Thomas said. “He’s very athletic to be that big and he is very strong.”
Big news in the race for Nico Collins
The Georgia vs. Michigan battle for Nico Collins should turn into a steel cage match before all is said and signed.
I feel the decision comes down to Georgia and Michigan.
I’ve also learned the Wolverines are coming strong from the opening bell.
Collins told me this morning Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be in Alabama to see him on Thursday.
Michigan is stocking up on elite receivers this year. The Wolverines have commitments from the nation’s No. 1 and No. 17 receivers so far.
Collins would be the top-rated target Georgia could sign at receiver this year. The 6-foot-5 senior is rated as the nation’s No. 14 prospect for his position and at No. 104 overall.
The Bulldogs will visit Collins on Sunday. That is expected to be receivers coach James Coley. Collins is still set to take his official visit to UGA on the 29th.
It was unusual that he didn’t get an invite to compete at the Under Armour All-American Game or the U.S. Army All-American Game this month.
What’s coming up next
The NCAA-mandated dead period lifts on Thursday. Look for Georgia’s coaches to be out on the road quickly to connect with the program’s top prospects.
The official visits will also start up this week. It will be an interesting time with the 2017 early enrollees on campus.
Look for officials from the following UGA commits this weekend:
- 4-star WR Trey Blount
- 4-star OT D’Antne Demery
- 4-star OG Netori Johnson
- 4-star RB D’Andre Swift (his birthday is on Jan. 14)
- 3-star OG Justin Shaffer
- 4-star OT Andrew Thomas
- 4-star WR Mark Webb, Jr.
Georgia DT commit Devonte Wyatt will be taking an official visit to South Carolina this weekend.
Look for UGA 4-star CB commit William Poole to take his official visit to UGA next weekend. He’ll be there with 4-star OLB commit Jaden Hunter and 3-star WR pledge Matt Landers on that same weekend. Wyatt will also be in town that weekend.
Landers shared some interesting news with me recently. He’s not taking any more visits.
The 6-foot-5 wideout has shut down his process and will only take an official visit to UGA this month.
Tray Bishop, another 4-star prospect in the Class of 2017, will take his official visit to UGA on Jan. 28.
Nate McBride just told me this morning that he thinks that his official will also be next weekend.
The Bulldogs can also use this time as a showcase for unofficial visits.
Kirby Smart’s method is to recruit the program’s top targets at every opportunity. Every weekend could be a huge visit weekend for select commits.
There’s a good opportunity this weekend for a horde of the state’s top sophomores to visit UGA. The Tru19 game between the top players in the Class of 2019 from Georgia and Texas will take place on Sunday. Those prospects are currently slated to visit UGA this weekend on Saturday.