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Aubrey Solomon will transfer from Michigan, per reports

The former 5-star from Georgia underwent successful knee surgery back in September. He returned, but lacked explosiveness late in the year.

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Former 5-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon will transfer from the Michigan football program, 247Sports’ Steve Lorenz reports.

The former 5-star from Leesburg (Ga.) battled injuries throughout his two-year career. He underwent successful knee surgery in early September, but returned late in the year.

He totaled 16 tackles with two TFLs as a freshman in 2017. His production dipped to just three stops this fall.

He figured to step into a starting role next season with the upcoming departures of fifth-year seniors Bryan Mone and Lawrence Marshall. Michael Dwumfour and Carlo Kemp are now the top candidates to start inside in 2019.

Solomon committed to Michigan as the No. 23 player nationally in the 2017 class. He pledged the summer before his senior season, de-committed from the Wolverines in the fall, used disparaging language towards the program and then ended recommitting by signing day.

His departure makes it eight so far from the 2017 recruiting class, and the third defensive linemen — Deron Irving-Bey and Corey Malone-Hatcher are the other two. Linebacker Drew Singleton (transfer), running back Kurt Taylor (transfer), O’Maury Samuels (domestic violence dismissal), James Hudson (transfer) and JaRaymond Hall (transfer) are the others.

Stay tuned for what this means for the defensive tackle situation.