NAME: Sammy Solomon
SCHOOL: Wyoming Area
LAST SEASON: 2019
Sammy Solomon was a key component on both sides of the ball for the Wyoming Area’s PIAA Class 3A State Championship team. On defense, he had 97 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 17 hurries, 3 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries in 2019. On offense, he was major force in both the running and passing games. He had 43 pancake blocks and actually scored 2 touchdowns on offense.
Solomon was named the 2019 NPF Wyoming Valley Conference Small School Defense Player of the Year. He was first-team defensive and offensive line in the conference. Solomon was named an all-state defensive lineman by the Pennsylvania Football Writers and first-team all-state defensive lineman by the Pennsylvania Football News. He was also named a first-team offensive line by EasternPAFootball.com Solomon was selected to play in the PSFCA East-West game and also a member of the WNEP Dream Team. He will continue his football career at the Division 1 FBS University of Massachusetts.
Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer on Solomon: “Sammy is one of the most talented players in the state, who has incredible potential at the next level. Immediately, he established himself as a disruptive playmaker, standing out against high level competition at the 5A level his freshman and sophomore seasons. After joining us as a junior, he suffered a significant injury in our first game. Following a season-long rehab, he showed his will to compete making it back for our two playoff games. As an offensive lineman, he has the skill to play all five positions. A heavy handed drive blocker registering over forty pancake blocks, with exceptional quickness off the ball to reach and climb to the second level, as well as, the athleticism to pull and pass protect. This year, his athletic ability was on full display when he converted two laterals into touchdowns from his offensive tackle position. On defense, Sammy combines anticipation and physicality to consistently beat double teams, relentless pursuit to the ball, and applies constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks. As a leader of our state championship team, he elevated our physicality in practice, played with great emotion and intensity, and often showed his protective instincts towards his teammates, and coaches. Sammy is an outstanding young man, a solid student, and a fierce competitor who loves playing football. We are so excited to see him at UMass.”