Tennessee needs as much help in the trenches that they can, and they found someone to hopefully provide them with that much-needed aid in the future.
Aubrey Solomon, a defensive tackle who played for Michigan the past two seasons, announced on Twitter on Friday afternoon that he is transferring from the Wolverines to Tennessee. Solomon played two years with Michigan and was a five-star prospect coming out of high school.
— Aubrey Solomon (@AubreySolomon91) December 21, 2018
It’s doubtful that the 6-foot-3. 297-pound defensive tackle will be eligible for the upcoming 2019 season, but we will update as that becomes more known.
Solomon signed with Michigan in the 2017 class and appeared in all 13 games for the Wolverines as a true freshman. He totaled 18 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in his first year on campus at Michigan. This past season, injuries hampered him, and he only appeared in six games. Solomon totaled just six tackles as a sophomore.
The sophomore defensive tackle announced his intent to transfer earlier this week, and he decided on coming to Tennessee in just a few days.
Tennessee is losing all three starters along the defensive line from this past season. Shy Tuttle, Kyle Phillips, and Alexis Johnson all graduate this year, leaving the Vols’ defensive line situation a complete mystery. Key reserve defensive lineman Paul Bain also is graduating.
As stated above, it seems unlikely that Solomon would be eligible to play immediately in 2019 since he has only been in college for two seasons. It’s likely the earliest he can play for the Vols would be in the 2020 season. Regardless, he will provide the Vols with some much-needed depth along the defensive line whenever he does become eligible to play.
Coming out of high school, the Leesburg, Georgia native was a five-star according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He was the No. 23 overall player and No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2017 class according to those ratings.