Five-Star Center Visits UVa

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7-1, 224-pound Montverde Academy (FL) star Solomon Alabi made his official visit to the University of Virginia this past weekend and came away with a favorable impression of the ‘Hoos according to Montverde Academy Head Coach Kevin Sutton. Coach Sutton talks about Alabi’s experience and how good a chance the ‘Hoos have with his star player.

“It was his first time there, but he was awfully impressed with everything,” Sutton said. “He’s an impressionable young man. He got a great feel for the place. He enjoyed going to the football game. He enjoyed spending time with the players. I think he thought it was neat that he could reconnect with Tunji [Soroye] and [Solomon] Tat since they are all from Nigeria. He spoke with them in their native dialect. Solomon also met with the academic advisors and was impressed with the support system they have in place.”

Alabi had the opportunity to get to know UVa’s coaching staff better as well.

“He knew before the visit that Coach Leitao and Coach Lanier were good people,” Sutton said. “He had the chance to get to know Coach Seymour, who works with the big guys, a little bit better.”

Up next for Alabi is an official visit to Arizona this weekend followed by an official visit to Florida State the following weekend. After these visits are completed, Sutton says Alabi will make his decision and there will be a press conference to announce it.

Coach Sutton was asked to assess UVa’s chances following this past weekend’s visit.

“They’ve just done a tremendous job recruiting Solomon,” Sutton began. “It’s been done the way I wanted it done. They have done just as good a job as the other two. He is definitely considering UVa. That’s why UVa got to go first – that’s the date they wanted and they got it. Once the process is done, he’ll sit down and make his decision.

“To answer your question, I’d say that I think UVa has as good a chance as the other two schools. It was a good trip to UVa.”

Asked what would be the deciding factor in Alabi’s decision, Sutton said “I couldn’t really answer that right now. I think we’ll know that after he makes his visits.”

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