According to a report, Tennessee’s long wait to find out if Aubrey Solomon is eligible for the 2019 season is finally over.
Austin Price of Volquest.com reported on Tuesday that Michigan defensive line transfer Aubrey Solomon has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. With this ruling, Solomon will be able to play for Tennessee in the upcoming 2019 season.
The 6-foot-5, 299-pound defensive lineman from Leesburg, Georgia has been practicing full-go with the Vols the entire fall, and he was seen on Tuesday with the projected first-team defensive line.
Now, Solomon looks like he’s cleared to play for the Vols this year.
Solomon joined the Vols back in December of 2018 after transferring from Michigan. At Michigan, the former five-star prospect 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. Solomon totaled just six tackles as a sophomore in six games as injuries hampered him.
Coming out of high school, Solomon was rated as a five-star by the 247Sports Composite rankings and was the No. 23 overall prospect in the 2017 class. He was the No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 2 player in the state of Georgia.
Getting Solomon eligible for the 2019 season cannot be understated for the Vols. Tennessee’s biggest question mark on the roster is along the defensive line, and Solomon is a likely starter for UT at one of their three main spots along the line.
Aside from Solomon, Tennessee has 11 other scholarship defensive linemen, but that includes Emmit Gooden, who suffered a season-ending injury in fall camp. None of Tennessee’s other defensive linemen other than Gooden have any starts in their career. While that includes Solomon, the former Michigan lineman does actually have the most returning production of any of Tennessee’s linemen, though he didn’t earn those stats at UT.
Tennessee kicks off their 2019 season on Saturday, August 31st against Georgia State. And it looks like the Vosl will have No. 98 on the field when they do.