There are five days until National Signing Day on Feb. 1, and Michigan is looking for another top-5 class. Check Land of 10 daily for an update on what’s to come in Ann Arbor.
Things with Aubrey Solomon getting interesting — again
Lee County (Ga.) DT Aubrey Solomon has been Michigan’s no-doubt top target since Najee Harris decided to head to Alabama.
If you don’t know Solomon’s story, here’s a simple breakdown.
- Solomon, a 247Sports composite 5-star prospect, was committed to Michigan in June, but then de-committed two months later after a receiving a note from the school that misspelled his name and thanked him for attending an event he didn’t attend.
- Throughout the fall, he was seen as a heavy Alabama favorite.
- In early January, he used an expletive regarding his dislike for Michigan on a live video via Periscope.
- Following the Army Bowl, he named Michigan his leader, with Alabama right there alongside it.
- He’s received three visits from Michigan since December. The biggest one was from Jim Harbaugh two weeks ago that involved go-karting, and it was an eight-hour visit. At that time it seemed wrapped up he would choose Michigan.
- On Thursday, Michigan assistant Chris Partridge visited him one more time. And so did Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
He told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons that he has made up his mind, as of Friday, where he will go to school.
A lot of people have began to call this one much more up in the air than what it was a few days ago, when it was seemingly all Michigan.
A source in Lee County told Land of 10 that “things got interesting” following Saban’s in-home visit on Friday morning.
From what we can gather, Michigan is still in good enough shape to land him. But we have all seen this happen too many times to say it is over. A Michigan target the Wolverines are confident on for longer than a few days suddenly gets more buzz to an SEC school in the late stages? It’s like clockwork.
Remember 5-star OT Isaiah Wilson’s recruitment? He was favored to choose Michigan for longer than a year. But a late push from Georgia led him to choosing the Bulldogs.
Could this happen again with Solomon? It’s definitely possible, but for now my pick is still Michigan. The last 18 247Sports Crystal Balls have Solomon tabbed to Michigan. None of that changed after Saban’s visit.
So keep close tabs on this. But for all those throwing in the towel and calling this one a victory for Alabama … tap the brakes.
Want to know how close Najee Harris was to choosing Michigan?
Our sister site SEC Country’s Alabama recruiting writer Chris Kirschner does a fantastic job. He was all over the Najee Harris saga. And just because Harris is enrolled at Alabama doesn’t mean there isn’t still a story to tell. And Kirschner did exactly that in a fascinating feature that you can read here.
Some takeaways from the story:
- Michigan was actually really close with Harris, as we stated that entire final week. He didn’t say it on the record, but there’s enough information we received at the time to believe that Harris informed Michigan of his intention to enroll.
- He went to Alabama for one main reason: It’s superior to Michigan right now. There’s no way around that fact.
- Harris’ decision was not a “troll job,” as many fans dubbed it. Harris said in this story, “I didn’t know until the last day.”
- Michigan didn’t win, but it got pretty darn close to snagging Harris. And that should be a positive sign. I stick to one motto when discussing the best way to recruit: “Win championships, and you will land big-time recruits.”
Where in the world is Jim Harbaugh
My colleague at Land of 10, Michigan beat writer Rachel Lenzi, put together a convenient tool to see all of what Michigan boss man Jim Harbaugh has been doing in January.
From visiting the man who once hit him with his truck in Iowa City, to attending a Vanderbilt basketball game, and, of course, visiting the big-time recruits Michigan desires for its current class and beyond.
Have a laugh with some funny pictures, and get up to date on where in the world Harbaugh’s footprints have landed.
Take a look here.