January 18th, 2017 at 8:46 AM ^

Nick Saban has won four national championships. He has recruited the top class for the last 462 years straight. And he eats two Lil Debbie Cream Pies (TM) every morning with his coffee at 3:30 AM. 

Nick Saban does not collude with recruits to embarass a coach in another conference, a coach he has never played and may never play a game against. 

The Fan in Fargo

January 18th, 2017 at 11:06 AM ^

Exactly. As a matter of fact I'd bet that Urban gives education on these tactics. All these successful recruiters know the ins and outs. Even if it doesn't benefit them it is still a mental win in their mind to make your rivals waste their time. How do you think these guys got to where they are? They had to slit a few throats on the way up.


January 18th, 2017 at 11:59 AM ^

Way too much risk in doing something like that.  Yes, you KNOW you are solid with a kid, but encouraging him to talk to other coaches is a terrible idea.  There is always a small chance he actually gets persuaded to flip.  It's basically Indecent Proposal, which I've never actually seen but I think I know the story... I digress.  Too risky, would not do it if my goal is to get players and win championships. 


January 18th, 2017 at 12:18 PM ^

However, I do not think that was the case with Solomon. In fact, I think you would have to not have listened to Sam Webb's interview with his mom at the all Star game to think he is just playing with Michigan.
The lady loves Michigan. She was glowing about what the school gives you past football, her relationship with coach bush, and the specific internship programs that would be perfect for him. Michigan was number one of her top 3 and bama was not even in it. This woman is clearly not troll Michigan because saban asked her.
Solomon wants to go into nursing after football. It looks like bama has an OK nursing program and internship program to make him comfortable. Although, he has bama one and Michigan two because he seems to think going to bama gives him a better shot at a high draft pick. I think bama is very good at getting you to the pros, but they do have an advantage with the number one recruiting class every year. Michigan is going to send 4 dlineman in the class and zero were 4.5 stars or higher, unlike bama.
With all that being said, I think his mom pull may win out. Afterall, like I said mattison is a very good developer of dline, and he will be part of very physical defences if he goes to Michigan.


January 18th, 2017 at 12:27 PM ^

I take it you have not heard his mom, who is very important in his recruiting process, speak of Michigan?
If you had you would know there is no way he is just doing this for a "look at me" situation.
There is a reason top 247 analyst are putting crystal balls in for him. He may not end up in the class but this is not him wanting limelight.


January 18th, 2017 at 9:08 AM ^

I've often wondered about this.  He seems to be very selective with the information that he passes along, to ensure the most negativity possible.  Solomon also said the following, when discussing Coach Harbaugh's visit, but it wasn't included in his article:

“I was very surprised he brought his daughter,” Solomon told ESPN.com. “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.”

“It was one of the best in-home visits ever. It was just a different setting to see a coach,” Solomon told ESPN.com of the U-M brigade. “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.”



January 17th, 2017 at 11:08 PM ^

Just wait until signing day.  Seems like Solomon either knows exactly where he is going and is just doing this for fun, or he'll flip-flop a billion times before signing day.  Either way, probably not worth reporting on it until NSD.


January 18th, 2017 at 4:50 AM ^

Everything points to Michigan except some of his comments. It looks like hes playing games and this is the reason Lorenz has him at cloudy. Wiltfong said he didnt think michigan had a chance after he decomitted and then named Bama his leader but he said Michigan has a legit shot yesterday. His mother is a huge influence in this recruitment and she, his family that hates Alabama and his pro-Michigan coaches is why the cbs are swinging Michigans way. I think hes Michigans to lose but crootin.


January 18th, 2017 at 9:05 AM ^

Totally agree. Think he wants to add some drama to signing day as you see a lot of kids do. Cb's are still coming in for Michigan. Want to see if Saban or Smart even get in homes. My guess is his Mother doesn't even want them in her house, but will see on that. Of course I bleed maize and blue and he is the biggest of gets, but really feel their is a lot trending for Michigan. I would take everything he says to the public with a grain of salt, period!. My feeling about kids who wait till NSD want to build excitement. To me this statement means nothing.  Go Blue!!.


January 18th, 2017 at 11:09 AM ^

Except the video where he gives a list of reason why he isn't picking Michigan. In addition, he keeps telling everyone Bama is the leader. Oh by the way, Bama needs Dline guys probably worse than Michigan.

Solomon is telling people it's Bama. His mother, his coach, and recruiting insiders are saying they like Michigan. They aren't saying Michigan leads for Solomon.