Jonathan Solomon the 6-foot-3, 300-pound two-star offensive lineman (guard or center) from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif., had Washington State and Washington as his top two, but now says that Hawaii has suddenly entered the picture - and moved into a leadership role. He plans to visit the Warriors on Jan. 25.
"They've been on me really hard recently," Solomon said. "They said that I could play right away and I like my chances of playing early there. Plus they also have a really good international business program, which is what I want to major in. It's top 20 in the country and that's really impressive."
Another thing that has impressed Solomon is Hawaii's undefeated season. "I've been following them a bit since last year and I'm really impressed," he said. "I think they'll beat Georgia by like 20 points. I've been talking some smack about Georgia because I lived in Georgia for a bit and my old teammate, (offensive guard) Tanner Strickland, goes there and I like to give him a hard time. But I really don't think that anyone can stop Hawaii's offense."
Solomon now says his top two schools are Hawaii and Washington State, with both leading solidly over Washington and Oregon. Although he still plans to visit the Huskies on Jan. 18, he admits he hasn't been hearing much from them recently. "The coach that was recruiting me (former Huskies running backs Trent Miles) left to be a head coach at Indiana State and I haven't been hearing from anyone else. I really liked coach Miles and he was a big reason I liked them."
Although Oregon has offered Solomon, he says he's not sure about their current status. "At first they told me they are going to take two offensive linemen, but I guess now they said they only need one and they already have a guy committed," he said. "I'm not sure if they still plan on signing another one or not."
Despite the Warriors recent surge of interest, he says that Washington State is still recruiting him the hardest. "I like everything about them," he said. "I like all the coaches and get along well with the coaches. I feel like I could come in and play early there too.
"Washington State has a great offense and I heard they plan to run the no-huddle next year, which is what we run at my high school so I'm really familiar with it," he said. "They had a pretty disappointing year, but I think they'll be much better next season."
Solomon, ranked as the No. 25 offensive center in the country by Scout.com, plans to make his commitment following his visit to Hawaii in late January.
Solomon reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1490 three-part SAT.