Recruit says letter mixup leads to decommitment from Michigan

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A four-star recruit in the class of 2017 is reneging on his verbal commitment to Michigan because of an apparent mail mixup.

Defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon posted this to Twitter on Monday night saying he was re-opening his recruitment.

He told 24/7 Sports he didn’t feel valued by Michigan because his mother got a thank you note for attending a Michigan recruiting barbecue. How is that possible? Well, Solomon and his mother never went. He said that wasn’t the only issue either.

“A day or two ago, they sent my mom a card thanking us for going to the Michigan bbq, but we never went,” Solomon said. “I do not know which recruit they were talking to, but it was not me. It was just a little heartbreaking, for me to supposedly be so high on their list, for them to confuse me with someone else. Plus they spelled both of my names wrong after I told them, but that was not the main issue. I guess they do not have tabs on me.”

It sounds callous, but mixups are bound to happen over the course of the recruiting process given the number of prospects schools go after in a given recruiting cycle. It’s just unfortunate for Solomon that it happened to him.

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Plus, staying on mom’s good side is always a good idea. According to Rivals’ The Wolverine, Solomon’s commitment was a surprise to begin with given that he’s from Georgia. The school has also lost two 2018 verbal commitments in the last 24 hours, though it’s worth noting that verbal commitments don’t have much weight for kids 18+ months away from an official commitment.

This was a worry from day one with Solomon’s surprise commitment. The No. 94 player in the entire country is smack in the middle of SEC country and shocked a lot of people when he held offers from Alabama, Georgia, and even Florida State which is not far from where he lives.

Solomon told 24/7 that Michigan is still on his list, so perhaps the Wolverines can get back on his (and his mother’s) good side before National Signing Day. There’s still plenty of time before the first Wednesday in February.


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