Jonathan Solomon the 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman (guard or center) from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif., said Washington State has now pulled up closer to Washington and that he favors both solidly over Oregon, Virginia and Boston College. All of his favorites have offered as well as Boise State and Colorado State.
"I'd really like to make a decision in January," Solomon said. "I only plan on taking official visits to Washington and Washington State and I'll probably decide after my (Washington) trip on Jan. 18."
He plans to visit the Cougars the week before on Jan. 11. "Washington State's probably been recruiting me the hardest," he said. "It seems like a good opportunity for me to come in and play early there. I really followed them a lot this year and I could see myself helping them out a lot on the o-line."
Solomon says the Washington State coaches visited him at home last week. The only other school to visit Solomon at home is Oregon coach Don Pellum (linebackers and recruiting coordinator).
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Solomon lived in the Buckeye state for about 14 years and even attended his freshman year at Glenville High School, the same program where Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith made his mark. The Buckeyes never recruited Solomon, but his cousin (Jermale Hines) is a freshman linebacker for Ohio State.
Solomon says his parents are going to support any decision he makes, but admits that they don't see eye to eye on where he should go. "My dad likes Washington State and my mom likes Washington," he said. "I probably agree with my dad more, but we'll see what happens when I take my trips."
Again, Solomon's final trip will most likely be to Washington on Jan. 18. "I like the academics at Washington and they have good overall tradition," he said. "My recruiting coach is Trent Miles (running backs) and he's a cool guy. We have a good relationship and he's a good coach. I definitely think they'll be getting better and have a great future.
"I was really impressed with coach Miles when he first came to my high school," he said. "He must have been at my practice for about three hours just watching us work."
Solomon says he can bench 345 pounds and squats 465. He claims to run a 5.0 forty and has a 22-inch vertical jump. "I know all the plays and am pretty smart on the field," he said. "I study the playbook a lot. I'm also very aggressive and my coaches say that I play offense with a defensive mentality.
"I don't want to sound cocky, but I'm not really sure what I need to improve on," he said. "I guess I want to get faster overall and work on my footwork."
Leuzinger High finished with a 6-5 record.
Solomon reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1490 three-part SAT, which he is retaking on Jan. 26.