Scouting Report: Anu Solomonby Brad Allis on May. 21, 2012, under Arizona Wildcats Football
Getting a quarterback early in a recruiting class is always a vital pick-up. Quarterbacks are natural leaders and generally when one commits early, they spearhead a recruiting class. On Sunday the Wildcats got their quarterback. Learn more about Anu Solomon.
Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, NV
3-stars, 83 rating, #33 Dual Purpose QB, #2 Player in Nevada
If there is a knock on Solomon, it is that he lacks size. The is a big deal to some programs, but Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats are less concerned with height and more concerned with the ability to run the read-option offense.
Although he is on the short side, just 6-1, he finds passing lanes and knows how to prevent his balls from being batted back. He’ll have to continue to refine this skill at the next level as defenders get bigger and more athletic, but he has a good feel for moving in the pocket to find lanes that can’t be taught.
He’s not the thickest quarterback and some have expressed concerns about injuries at the college level, but he’s already over 200 pounds and has shown great toughness at the high school level.
Solomon has nice athleticism and can move in and out of the pocket. He’s not a burner north-south, but is elusive and can make plays with his legs. For a dual threat quarterback, he lacks the raw athleticism most associate with the position. While he’s mobile and quick, he does not have the speed to covert to wide receiver or defensive back like many other similar passers.
He’s a solid passer. He makes quick decisions and has shown a willingness to take what the defense gives him, which is a prerequisite of the RichRod offense. Described by some as the “anti gun slinger”, some have criticized his overall vision and ability to make the tough throw. Others have described him as cautious and patient enough to take the more sure play. Again, this fits what Rodriguez likes from his quarterbacks as he abhors turnovers and does not want gamblers
He has a quick release and puts good zip on the ball, but does not have a huge arm. Can make deep passes, but his bread and butter is delivering the short pass on time and with accuracy.
Maybe the best thing about him is his great fundamentals. He’s been praised for his footwork and overall feel for the game. For a player his age, he does a terrific job making his passes catchable. He puts balls where they need to be caught and is sound at throwing it as hard or as soft as it needs to be to get to the spot and be caught.
He’s also a winner. He has the swagger befitting a player that has won three state championships and has only lost three games so far in his prep career.