One of Miami’s major goals in recruiting: rebuild its linebacker unit.
Anthony Solomon should help them do so.
Solomon, a four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, announced his commitment to UM on Wednesday.
Listed by Rivals at 6-foot and 200 pounds, Solomon is the No. 6 inside linebacker (No. 155 overall) in Rivals’ rankings. He is No. 12 among outside linebackers (No. 175 overall) according to 247Sports. ESPN rates him No. 115 overall and No. 11 among outside linebackers. He is a consensus four-star recruit.
Rivals called him a “hyper-athletic linebacker that shines in coverage and possesses impressive ball skills. Should he maintain his versatility as he packs on muscle, his ceiling is incredibly high.”
Solomon picked UM over Michigan, and also had offers from multiple other programs including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.
Miami, which signed four-star prospect Patrick Joyner for 2018, also has three-star linebackers Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220) and Samuel Brooks (6-1, 195) in its 11-member 2019 class, which is rated No. 2 nationally by 247Sports.
UM needs new blood with starters Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud entering their junior seasons. All will be eligible to turn pro afterward. No guarantee they will, but the potential exists. Backups Mike Smith and Charles Perry are seniors, and UM lost reserves Jamie Gordinier (retired because of injury) and Darrion Owens (transfer).
Miami is hopeful its 2017 class — sophomores De’Andre Wilder, Bradley Jennings and Waynmon Steed — can emerge as starter-caliber players by the end of this season. Solomon, along with Joyner and the other 2019 commits, represent the next wave.
See Solomon’s highlight tape here: