Former five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon has asked for and received his release from the Michigan Football program, 247Sports independently confirmed on Monday morning.
247Sports reached out to Michigan for comment and team spokesman Dave Ablauf had the following a few hours after the original news broke:
“Aubrey has permission to speak with other schools with gives him the opportunity to transfer or stay at Michigan.”
It’s worth noting that prospects no longer have to ask permission to leave a given program and are free to be recruited by any institution, including the one they’re departing from. 247Sports can confirm, however, that Solomon is indeed expected to leave and play football elsewhere.
Solomon’s likely transfer ends an interesting, albeit short stint with the Wolverines after one of the crazier recruitments in recent memory for the program. An effective interior player who was likely going to be the team’s top returner in the middle in 2019, the Leesburg (GA) native battled injuries throughout 2018 but was a disruptive player in the run game when available.
Heading into the season, 247Sports viewed Solomon as one of Michigan’s most important players, with our own Zach Shaw ranking him 13th on the team heading into the year. His reasoning was sound and would have been echoed heading into next year:
Generally, all talk is that Solomon has snagged the starting job away from Bryan Mone this winter and spring, but Solomon will need to hold off the veteran in fall practices, too. To do so, Solomon can utilize his superior speed and athleticism, while also showing an improved awareness of his ability to produce within Michigan’s defense.
Even if he isn’t the primary starter, Solomon’s a safe bet to play heavy snaps this fall, and could be on a short list of Michigan’s breakout candidates.
Similar to Peoples-Jones, Solomon’s combination of size, speed, skill and athleticism make him one of Michigan’s highest-ceiling players, therefore bumping him up our list despite Mone’s presence and the defensive line’s overall stability. Greg Mattison has a sound track record of developing successful tackles, and Solomon has the ability to one day become the best of that bunch, especially after moments of promise last season. If and when that comes this season, however, is a major question of importance for the Wolverines.
One of the top recruits the program has ever signed, Solomon committed to Michigan the summer before his senior season before decommitting from the Wolverines in the fall. He would then make news by disparaging the program publicly during the Army All-American practices that January before apologizing and then eventually recommitting and signing with the program.
“I talked to Coach Partridge and Coach Harbaugh and just said I’m sorry for my actions and they’re still like #1 on my list,” Solomon told The Michigan Insider at the time. “I told them, ‘please, please don’t take it to heart.’ It was just all the things that happened I guess finally let out. But by no means does it mean that I don’t want to go to Michigan, because Michigan is my top school… one of my top schools.”
Solomon’s departure is now the eighth from the Michigan program from the 2017 class. He joins Deron Irving-Bey (transfer), Drew Singleton (transfer), Kurt Taylor (transfer), Corey Malone-Hatcher (medical), O’maury Samuels (team rules violation), James Hudson (transfer) and JaRaymond Hall (transfer) as prospects from the cycle to leave the program.
This story is still developing so stay tuned to 247Sports for more on Solomon’s departure and the impact it will have on the Wolverines on and off the field heading into the Peach Bowl against Florida in two weeks.