Quincy Patterson(6-4,225lbs, jr, QB/LB). Any conversation about Solorio has to start with quarterback Quincy Patterson. There is a reason why he has offers from Illinois, Indiana, and Penn State. He is the real deal. He has all the tools. Great height and size at 6-4, 225lbs. Great speed. Great power. Good accurate thrower, and makes good decisions. Can make both short passes and can throw it deep. But what makes his really dangerous is his legs. In Solorio's first game I saw him burst through the middle, break through a few tackles, then sped downfield for an 80 yard touchdown run. He is also not abject to contact. In one play, I saw him initiate contact with a Ridgewood player on a designed quarterback run. He hit him head on and knocked him out of the game. The guy was pretty big himself at about 205lbs.
Unfortunately for defenses, it would be a mistake to only key on Patterson. Patterson is complimented by a great running back Justin Members(sr, 5-10, 190lbs, RB/LB). Members has breakaway speed, and pwoer and size to gain the tough yards. Members is one of the better back in his conference. Solorio got a boost this year by St. Laurence transfer Robert Chayka(5-10,145lbs, WR/DB/K). In addition to probably being one of their top receivers, they use his speed for endarounds. Plus, he can return kicks. The Solorio offense seems to be about 70% running plays by Members and designed runs for Patterson. Patterson throws an occasional quick pass or even a deep throws to receivers like Chayka or promising sophomore Keeshawn Chambers(6-5,200lbs).
Kiywuan Cheethan(6-4, 380lbs, jr, OL/DL). If this man looks big, it is because he is. Cheethan stands at 6-4 and weighs 380lbs. He is one of the reasons why it is so hard to run up the middle against Solorio. He takes up so much space and causes general havoc and he can move well for his size. It also helps that Qunicy Patterson plays right behind him at Middle Line Backer.
Where do they need improvement?
Solorio has some capable receivers, but they need to be more consistent. They had a couple drops in their game against Ridgewood including a key drop on 3rd and long that if caught would have iced the game.
Their pass defense has to be improved as well. Most of Ridgewood's offense came from passes of all sorts. Slants, deep throws, and everything in between.
I see Solorio as a team that has an opportunity to establish itself as a new football player in the CPS. In a year where some traditionally strong programs like Raby, Lane, and Dunbar may be down. Plus others like North Lawndale, Whitney Young, and others that are trying to move up are showing signs of weakness. It will give a team like Solorio to move up in the pecking order of the increasingly changing world of CPS football.