Solomon Vault was taking a war history test late last week at Gaithersburg when he received a text in class from his football coach, Kreg Kephart. It was a congratulatory note from Kephart, who informed Vault that Old Dominion had offered a scholarship. Vault asked to be excused into the hallway.
“I started smiling,” Vault said. “It’s pretty big. I know after high school is over, I have somewhere to go to play football at the next level, Division I.”
It was the first official offer for Vault, the 5-10, 185-pound junior running back whose recruiting stock has gained traction this fall after he rushed for 1,251 yards and 22 touchdowns. It was the second consecutive season Vault rushed for 1,000 yards or more. But Vault was a more dynamic player during his junior campaign, which he played after adding 20 pounds to his frame and became a more complete pass blocker and receiver out of the backfield.
Old Dominion, which will officially join Conference USA next July, is attractive to Vault because the program is elevating to the next level, and runs an offensive system suited to his home-run ability, he said. Vault had five multi-touchdown games this fall at Gaithersburg(3-7), including six touchdowns in the season final against Wootton.
“I like their offense. . . . They run the spread. Explosive offense,” Vault said. “Hopefully more [offers] will come, and I’ll weigh my options.”