Wait no more, Tennessee fans. One of the biggest additions to Tennessee’s 2019 squad has now officially been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. According to VolQuest, 5-star defensive line transfer Aubrey Solomon is cleared to play after having his waiver granted.
The news could not come at a more pressing time. Solomon was considered one of the biggest transfers in college football back when he decided to leave the University of Michigan in late 2018. His announcement that he was headed to Knoxville was massive for the Volunteers, who lack proven talent on the defensive line. Solomon was considered a Day-1 starter on the line, and his performances in fall camp solidified that.
It was not an easy road here. Solomon is one of the last transfers to hear official word on his waiver status. Not surprisingly, this had the potential to make game prep more complicated, and could have an enormous impact on the Volunteers this season. Pruitt spoke on the issue yesterday, saying the team was still practicing under the assumption that he would play.
“Hadn’t heard anything yet,” Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt told the media on Monday. “We’re going to continue to practice like he’s going to play. All of our guys take a lot of reps in practice and we’re going to continue to do that.”
Now they will not have to change their gameplan, nor will they have to worry about the next couple of years at defensive end. Solomon’s clearance is arguably the best news that Tennessee has received this offseason
He is expected to start against Georgia State this weekend.