Former Michigan football defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon is transferring to Tennessee.
By Friday, he’d confirmed his new destination.
“Thank you Michigan professor’s for opening my mind, fans for being the foundation for the players & encouraging us good or bad, teammates for uplifting each other through adversity while still smiling knowing no matter where we go we will always & forever be a and of brothers,” Solomon wrote via Twitter. “And to Michigan football program & coaches for the opportunity. With that being said, I will be attending the University of Tennessee.”
A former 5-star recruit in 2017, Solomon played in all 13 games as a true freshman, making 18 tackles (two for a loss). He was in position to compete for a starting job entering this season, though he began it as a reserve in Michigan’s Sept. 1 loss at Notre Dame.
He then missed more than a month after a leg injury, returning to action vs. Wisconsin on Oct. 13. Solomon missed a road win at Rutgers on Nov. 10 due to what Jim Harbaugh called an illness. He also missed the regular-season finale at Ohio State. He finished his 2018 season with six tackles.
The No. 23-ranked player in the 2017 class, Solomon signed with U-M after one of the more interesting recruiting situations — as he committed to Michigan in June of 2016 before decommitting later that summer and eventually re-committing on signing day.
With Solomon gone, Michigan’s touted 2017 class has now lost seven players to attrition: Solomon, running back Kurt Taylor (transfer), defensive lineman Deron Irving-Bey (transfer), offensive tackle James Hudson (transfer), offensive tackle JaRaymond Hall (transfer) and linebacker Drew Singleton (transfer). Defensive lineman Corey Malone-Hatcher medically retired and running back O’Maury Samuels was dismissed from the team last week after being charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.
Solomon, who was recruited by current Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt during his stint at Alabama, will likely have to sit the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
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