If ESPN 300 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon didn’t know he was a top priority for Michigan in the 2017 class, he does now. Solomon was treated to a creative in-home visit from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, defensive coordinator Don Brown, linebackers coach Chris Partridge and even Harbaugh’s seven-year-old daughter, Addie.
Harbaugh has been known for pulling out all the stops on in-home visits for prospects he really wants to land. He slept over at kicker Quinn Nordin’s house in the 2016 class, climbed a tree at David Long’s house and attended class with defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa.
This time around, Solomon, the No. 62 ranked prospect, got to go bowling, ride Go-karts and even made arts and crafts with the coaches and Harbaugh’s daughter.
“I was very surprised he brought his daughter,” Solomon said. “I didn’t think it was that serious, but it shows you how far Michigan is with me. It showed that I’m a big priority for Michigan and that they really care about family.”
Solomon’s four-year-old sister hit it off with Addie, and everyone pitched in to help Solomon’s sister with a class project. They covered a t-shirt with 100 owls symbolizing her 100 days spent in school, and Brown even helped her make a necklace.
The group went bowling where Harbaugh and Brown each won a game before moving on to the Go-kart races, which was won by Solomon’s cousin.
“It was one of the best in-home visits ever. It was just a different setting to see a coach,” Solomon said. “My mom loved it, too, and was just shocked how engaging the coaches were, especially with my baby sister. His daughter and my sister got a long so well, it was just heartwarming and a great visit.”
Solomon has narrowed his list down to Michigan, Alabama, Georgia and USC and will be making his decision on signing day. He recently took an official visit to USC and came away with a positive outlook on what the Trojans have to offer.
“It was a very fun visit and I got a sense of family from them,” Solomon said. “You also see that the numbers are not in their favor and they need someone to come in right away and make an impact.”
Head coach Clay Helton is expected to do an in-home visit with Solomon on January 23, but there likely won’t be any Go-karts involved.
Solomon hasn’t made up his mind just yet, but only has a few weeks left until his final choice is made. Michigan might have moved to the driver’s seat after this visit, but it will undoubtedly be a fight to the end.