As Jaivon Solomon competed at Georgia’s Kirby Smart 7-on-7 event last Thursday, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood were watching on.
Solomon — a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver from Jones County High in Gray, Ga. — performed well, helping to bring home and a trophy and secure his first Division I offer.
Narduzzi and Underwood pulled Solomon aside at the event in Georgia, talked with him for a bit and eventually extended an offer — his first-ever contact with the Pitt coaching staff.
“It’s feeling good,” Solomon told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It just felt like — everything felt so unreal. I was just so excited for it.”
— JaivonSolomon (@Jaiv0n) June 15, 2023
It was the first offer that Solomon has received, and as he’s coming off his sophomore season at Jones County, he hasn’t been focused on picking up offers. He’s been focused on his game.
And the chance to show out at the Kirby Smart 7-on-7, after a solid sophomore season, allowed Pitt’s coaching staff to find him.
Underwood spoke with Solomon for a bit, praising his game, and a relationship has been formed between the two sides. Georgia has been a hotbed for Pitt recruiting over the last handful of classes.
“They just said I’m versatile, I can do anything, and that they’re happy to see me grow over the next two years,” Solomon said.
As a sophomore at Jones County, Solomon was the Greyhounds’ youngest impact receiver, hauling in 13 receptions for 180 yards (13.8 yards per catch) and a touchdown.
The major recruiting services, 247Sports, Rivals and On3, have not ranked Solomon yet, but as he continues to make some noise on the camp scenes this summer, it’s only a matter of time.
Pitt was the first school to take note of Solomon, and while he’s a Georgia kid, he isn’t unfamiliar with Pitt.
“I knew about Pitt because one of my favorite wide receivers went there, Jordan Addison,” Solomon said. “I wasn’t really looking into any colleges; I was just trying to keep working.
“After looking at them the past couple of days, I’m liking it. The stadium, the atmosphere and everything they’ve got going on Their offense scheme, the talent they’re bringing in from classes and everything. It seems pretty good.”
The plan is to make it out to Pittsburgh at some point in the future, but there hasn’t been anything decided at this point. Pitt is the first school to show major interest, and Solomon feels like he’s just getting started.
Pitt has not yet landed a recruit in the Class of 2025, as the coaching staff has been focused on recruiting the Class of 2024 throughout June, but it’s likely not too long before a ’25 recruit starts off the class.