Top in-state OLB Anthony Solomon has Miami, Michigan running neck and neck

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — When Miami is at its best, it is a team all of South Florida can rally behind. The Hurricanes draw most of their on-field talent from the Miami metropolitan area and take on their identity from the region. Anthony Solomon saw it firsthand at the Hurricanes’ two biggest home games of the season.

The 247Sports composite ranks the 4-star outside linebacker the No, 1 player at his position from Florida in the Class of 2019 and Miami hosted him a number of times this fall. No two unofficial visits were more important than his trips to Hard Rock Stadium for the Hurricanes’ wins against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame this month.

“It was crazy. I haven’t been to a UM game in a while where it was fully packed and everyone was screaming,” Solomon told DieHards. “It was a neat experience, everybody from a whole bunch of different cultures. It was like whole city came together.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, but when I got there it was crazy. I was shocked. I felt like a wave of energy smack me in the face.”

The junior from Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School could wind up as one of Miami’s most important targets next cycle as the Hurricanes aren’t guaranteed to take any true linebacker in the Class of 2018.

Solomon has long had a soft spot for Miami and this season has only elevated the Hurricanes.

“My mom went to UM,” Solomon said, “so UM’s kind of been flowing through my family for a while.”

Solomon has plenty of schools still in the picture, but Miami and Michigan are the linebacker’s two most prevalent suitors. And the Hurricanes got his only in-game visits this fall. The Wolverines hosted Solomon for their spring game earlier this year and the junior said he expects to make a return trip next spring.

Clemson is also in the mix for Solomon, as are the Hokies, South Carolina and Ohio State. But Miami and Michigan, as his visits suggest, stand a bit above the rest.

Although the Hurricanes already have a pair of outside linebackers committed in the 2019 class, Solomon is a cut above. Considered his class’ No. 9 outside linebacker by the 247Sports composite rankings, Solomon is one of St. Thomas Aquinas’ defensive leaders with 72 total tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble-recovery touchdown.

Solomon and the Raiders will face one of their toughest tests yet Friday with a Class 7A state semifinal in Venice. St. Thomas Aquinas knocked Venice High School out in this same round last year and the Indians are out for revenge against a Raiders team which has proven to be more vulnerable than usual. St. Thomas Aquinas suffered a surprising early-season loss to Centennial High School in Peoria, Ariz., then coughed up 44 points to Miramar (Fla.) High School in its regular-season finale.

Since then, however, the Raiders have allowed only 13 points and 1 touchdown in three playoff games. Solomon has 11 tackles and a sack.

“We just had to find ourselves, to be honest,” Solomon said. “We just had to regain our focus on what we had to do, so as soon as we got that we came back to where we were before.

“I believe we needed that to wake up as a team and as a family.”

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