Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:37 AM
Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Gaithersburg junior standout Solomon Vault, a first team All-Sentinel running back last season, has verbally committed to play college football at Northwestern.
Vault became the first Gaithersburg student-athlete in the 2014 recruiting class to verbally commit to college and the first Trojan to pledge to a program in the Big Ten Conference since former All-Sentinel defensive lineman Sean Stanley committed to Penn State in 2008.
Northwestern posted a 10-3 overall record last season including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Wildcats concluded the campaign with a 34-20 victory over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day.
“The program is on the rise,” said Vault, who rushed for over 1,200 yards and scored 20 touchdowns last season. “There’s no where to go but up.”
Vault also had offers from Marshall, Old Dominion, Pitt, Minnesota, Tennessee and Nebraska among others but chose Northwestern in part due to the school’s academic reputation.
“When I get out of school,” said Vault, who boasts a 3.4 grade point average and 1620 SAT score, “I want a degree that carries some weight.”
Vault, a varsity starter since his freshman campaign, became the second All-Sentinel first-team performer in the 2014 class to make an oral pledge to college, joining Good Counsel’s Sam Mustipher who committed to Notre Dame.
Mustipher, a varsity player since his freshman campaign, was a first-team All-Sentinel offensive lineman last season.
Vault, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster, said he looks forward to a senior campaign where he expects to lead the Trojans to a state championship.
“We got a good group of core guys coming back so I think we can make a run,” he said.