It’s a family affair along the Gilbert Mesquite offensive line. Mesquite football coach Mike Reardon has been starting senior center Nic, junior right guard Jake and junior right tackle Jarred Solomon on his offensive line this season, three brothers that bring a different dynamic to the Wildcats.
“It’s pretty cool because we’ve all been watching each other’s games over the past several years and now we all get to play together on the same line,” Nic said.
The Solomon brothers grew up surrounded by football. Their father Mark was an offensive lineman at Arizona State.
By one year, Nic is the oldest of the trio, and plays a leadership role over his twin younger brothers.
Reardon, in his first year at Mesquite after stints at Scottsdale Saguaro and Gilbert Highland, has coached teams with at least one set of twins on it. However, he said he has never started three brothers.
“Three brothers starting on the same line at the same time is new for me,” Reardon said.
Listed as 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, Nic is also the biggest. Jake is 6-2, 275 and Jarred is 6-3, 262.
As young boys, the Solomons said they were always too big to play Pee Wee football, and didn’t start playing organized ball until they were in junior high, where they played in a league with older kids.
Reardon said all three players have earned their spots on the right side of the offensive line and that each has improved his game since Reardon arrived last spring.
“I don’t really consider it having three brothers on the team,” Reardon said. “They all have different football personalities that needed to be addressed just like any other player.”
Off the field, Reardon said the boys are about as fun loving as it gets.
Nic said he and his brothers are really close and do everything together, be it football or just hanging out playing video games.
Nic described both his brothers as being “really nice,” but also said they have their own little quirks.
“The littlest things will set Jake off,” Nic said. “Jarred is the nicest person I’ve ever met, until he has to go up against someone.”
Although Jake can get ticked off quite easily, he describes Jarred as a “goof” with a wacky personality.
“I’m never really in a bad mood unless you are trying to make me really mad,” Jarred said.
Along with his role as a leader, Nic’s younger brothers said he also can play the bully.
“He does everything he can to make me and Jarred mad,” Jake said.
Being so close in age, Nic said growing up they all picked on each other equally.
On and off the field, however, the brothers said they feel the need to take care of each other.
If one of the brothers gets hit with a cheap shot, one of the others usually feels the need to address the situation.
Arguments come in all forms in the Solomon household, from who had the better practice to who’s better at playing video games or who got better grades.
All three plan to attend college, but aren’t necessarily trying to go to the same school.
“It’s not that we are trying to split, we’re just trying to get in where we can,” Jake said.
Reardon said having three brothers hasn’t created any distractions among the other players and Nic said it actually helps with team chemistry.
“Right away you have three players that already know each other,” Nic said.
Reardon agrees, especially when it comes to coaching them.
“They’ve earned the respect of the other players and everyone has taken a liking to them,” Reardon said.