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Report: Thank-you note error costs UM Solomon's pledge

Jim Russ
The Detroit News
Aubrey Solomon, DT, Lee County High, Leesburg, Ga., 6-3, 304, five stars: For the second straight year, Michigan landed one of the top defensive linemen in the country. Solomon, who is known for his athleticism and ability to get off the ball and into the backfield, is ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in the South and No. 2 in the nation. He'll compete for a starting role right away and could form a ferocious front alongside last year's crown jewel Rashan Gary.

Michigan lost two high-profile recruits on Monday with the decommitments of Leesburg, Ga., defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and Springfield, Ohio, defensive end / tight end Leonard Taylor.

Solomon is a four-star prospect on and is a class of 2017 recruit and Taylor is a three-star and is in the 2018 class.

Solomon (6-3, 304) is a big loss for UM, not only due to his immense talent, but also because he was plucked out of the heart of SEC country.

According to a report in 247Sports, Solomon was offended that Michigan sent him a thank-you note for attending the BBQ at the Big House, though he did not attend.

"A day or two ago, they sent my mom a card thanking us for going to the Michigan BBQ, but we never went," Solomon told 247Sports. "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."

Solomon is ranked the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 129 player overall in the 2017 class by He is still being recruited by Georgia, Alabama, Clemson and Florida, among others.

Solomon wrote on Twitter on Monday:

“Recruiting is a funny thing. You can easily get caught up in the moment and feel that everyone knows who you are. With that being said I am going to be re-opening my recruitment, to give the opportunity for those recruiters to not only get it right but to get to know me. Academically, you cannot go wrong with Michigan, but this go-around I will make my decision with my mother in the driver’s seat. I love everything about Michigan and its coaching staff and I still plan on taking my official visit with you. GO BLUE!”

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Taylor (6-5, 240) also announced his decommitment on Twitter:

“I would like to thank the whole UM family of fans and coaches for the wonderful opportunity in this recruiting process. After much discussion with my family I have decided I will back off my commitment to the University of Michigan. I truly feel this is the best course of action in order to make the right decision for me.”

Taylor is also interested in Ohio State and Notre Dame, among others.

Monday’s decommitments leave the Wolverines with 18 players in the 2017 class and three in the 2018 class.

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