Aubrey Solomon and DeAngelo Gibbs are pretty good.
That’s what the latest DawgNation rankings detailed in regard to the most important remaining prospects in recruiting the Class of 2017.
Solomon is rated as the nation’s No. 5 DT prospect for this recruiting cycle. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder was once committed to Michigan, but no plans to go well past National Signing Day in regard to his decision.
He’s No. 1 on DawgNation’s list for a lot more reasons than this play right here. I’ve been covering high-level high school games for the last 18 years and I’ve never seen a DT make a play like the jaw-dropping one Solomon last Friday night on a slap, scoop and score rush against the No. 1 team in Georgia’s Class 6A.
It was his first touchdown and it came against an elite QB prospect in Jake Fromm. The 4-star QB is already committed to play in the SEC at Georgia.
— Kevin Pych (@pychke) October 8, 2016
Solomon is No. 1 on that list and will remain at that spot unless another prospect grows 2-3 inches or shaves about two-tenths of a second off their 40-yard dash time.
The only player who might catch him would be Gibbs.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder from Grayson High is rated as the nation’s No. 3 safety prospect in America. He’s definitely developed strong feelings for UGA as he’s been to Athens so many times he’d have to take about 10 straight visits to another school to have made as many recruiting trips to any other program.
Gibbs has two uncles that played a combined 25 years in the NFL. Check out this clip below.
It’s safe to say the family athletic bloodline also runs through Gibbs. He’s rated as the nations’ No. 41 overall prospect for 2017.
First, here’s the highlight.
Now here’s what the play looked like up close in a great four-panel close-up from Will Hammock of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
— Will Hammock (@willhammock) October 9, 2016
A lot of praise has and will continue to come his way for the acrobatic catch that he hauled in while sprinting down the field, but I’m just as impressed by his ability to maintain stride and elude multiple defenders and barrel into the end zone.
That play in itself in a great reflection of all the traits that make Gibbs such a wanted man in just one play. That’s his athleticism, ball skills, determination, explosive play potential and length all in one clip.
Don’t look for Solomon to make his college decision anytime before March at the earliest. Gibbs will come sooner than that. He will enroll early after making his college choice known at the Under Armour All-American game.
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