Michigan football’s 2019 recruiting class received a boost Sunday night.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Anthony Solomon flipped his commitment from the Miami Hurricanes to the Wolverines, after taking an official visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend.
“Throughout the recruitment cycle The University of Michigan, Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and Coach (Don) Brown have never given up on me,” Solomon wrote on Twitter.
Solomon, listed at 6 feet and 190 pounds, is ranked as a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is the No. 193 overall recruit in the nation, the No. 11 outside linebacker and the 29th-best prospect from Florida in his class.
Solomon previously gave a verbal commitment to Miami on April 4.
His relationship with Michigan has been well-documented.
In the spring of 2017, Solomon took a five-day unofficial visit to Michigan.
“Michigan has it all,” Solomon told Steve Lorenz of 247Sports then. “I really got to immerse myself in the entire program throughout the visit and learned a lot about the day-to-day operations of both the program and the student-athletes. It was a really eye-opening experience.”
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At the time, Solomon said Michigan was recruiting him to play the viper position, which has been manned previously by former standout Jabrill Peppers and junior Khaleke Hudson.
When Solomon picked Miami, the Wolverines were “right there,” according to Lorenz. But Michigan may not have had space to take Solomon at the time of his commitment, as “linebacker spots were tight at that point.”
As the Wolverines built more momentum this fall, winning ten consecutive games, they started circling back on some recruits. Solomon happened to be one of them.
And Michigan’s 62-39 loss to Ohio State may have further emphasized a need for players like Solomon, whose game is predicated on speed.
“He’s undersized for a linebacker, but he’s very, very fast,” Lorenz said.
“They’re trying to get guys that are fast as hell at every position. Solomon fits in that area. He can play sideline to sideline. He would just need some time in the weight room.”
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