It took eight months, but the NCAA finally approved Aubrey Solomon’s waiver to play in 2019 for the Tennessee Volunteers. Had he not received a waiver, he would have had to have sat out the 2019 season.

Solomon transferred to Tennessee from Michigan in January, and it took much longer than expected to learn of the talented defensive lineman’s status for 2019. Jeremy Pruitt has been saying all along that Solomon has been practicing like he’s going to receive a waiver; so, there are no concerns to his conditioning.

The Volunteers and Solomon found out the news Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Solomon released a statement through the University of Tennessee.

“I’m beyond excited to be playing football this season,” Solomon said. “I can’t wait to suit up with my brothers. I want to thank my mom, Coach Pruitt, Coach (Tracy) Rocker and the Tennessee administration and compliance staff for helping me throughout this process. I’m ready to roll. Go Vols.”

Solomon was a big-time get for the Vols at a major position of need this season. He should have an impact early and often for the Vols’ defensive line.