Jonathan Solomon, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound two-star offensive center from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif., took an official visit this weekend, but not to Washington State, as scheduled.
"I moved that trip back to Jan. 26," Solomon said.
Instead he took a surprise visit to Fresno State. "They've been recruiting me really hard for a while," he said. "But I was never really looking at them. Then the coaches started talking about how they really need more lineman and that I could play early and that they really need more.
"The visit was real good," he said. "Much better than I was expecting. I liked it a lot. It was surprising because I didn't expect to like them. I've driven past Fresno before, but never paid much attention to the school. I really liked all the people there. The coaches really stood out. They are all just really cool and the guys that go there are cool too.
"The coaches just seem very real and I never felt like they were sugar coating anything," he said. "They said they are a burger and fries kind of team - that they just work hard and aren't afraid to get dirty. I was really impressed with coach Pat Hill."
Solomon's visit at Fresno State shot the Bulldogs to No. 2 on his list. He now favors Washington State slightly over Fresno State, Hawaii and Washington. Next weekend (Jan. 18) he'll be visiting Washington and finally Washington State on Jan. 25.
"I'd like to visit Hawaii on Feb. 2, but with coach June Jones leaving I'm not sure what's going on with them," he said. "Signing day is coming up quickly, so I may not have any time to visit Hawaii before then."
Solomon is ranked as the No. 25 offensive center in the country by Scout.com.
Solomon reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1490 three-part SAT.