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San Fernando’s Solano Signs Letter Of Intent To Nevada-Reno PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Terry   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 19:07

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Newest ‘Wolf’ — San Fernando High quarterback Cris Solano (center), flanked by Head Coach Robert Garcia (left) and
assistant coach Leo Glaze (right), beams as he displays the letter of intent he signed to attend the University of Nevada-
Reno on an athletic scholarship. Solano led San Fernando to back-to-back City Division II championships. He and the
team enjoyed a perfect season (14-0) in 2013.

Cris Solano’s football career at San Fernando ended in glory. He’ll begin his next athletic and academic chapter at the University of Nevada-Reno. Before his family, friends and fellow students at a school assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 5, Solano signed his national letter of intent, to attend school there on a full-ride athletic scholarship. He plans to study criminal justice. “I wanted to play football since I was four, and I wanted to earn a Division I scholarship,” Solano said. “I had so many people tell me I could do it — I was too skinny, I had ‘chicken legs,’ because I was Mexican. But I told myself that if I wanted, I could go get it.” Solano, 18, also considered Brigham Young University and Utah State, but finally decided on Nevada-Reno after taking a recruiting trip there two weeks ago. “The visit really helped out a lot,” he said. “I got to see the school, the players, the coaches, everything. They took a chance on me…it’s an opportunity so I’m gonna take it and try to be a winner up there.” Solano had tremendous success as the Tigers quarterback, going 26-2 in two varsity seasons and winning back-to-back Los Angeles City Section Division II championships. In the 2013 season, San Fernando went 14-0, culminating in a 34-32 victory against South Gate on Dec. 6. The Tigers are currently riding an 18-game winning streak. Solano broke his own school single-season record for passing yardage (4,162) in 2013, and threw for 43 touchdowns against five interceptions. Solano also rushed for 1,427 yards and 23 touchdowns on 126 carries. He was selected as the Valley Mission League player of the year, City Division II player of the year, and earned high school All-American honors. Tigers Coach Robert Garcia recalled the first time he saw Solano working out on his own. “I saw a young man who aspired to be the best — and that was before I took the job,” he said. “These last two years have been the best of my life…you couldn’t ask for a better student-athlete than Cris.” Joining him for the event were parents Fernando Solano and Teresa Santana-Solano; older brother Fernando Jr., who played with Solano at San Fernando, graduated last June, and currently attends the College of the Canyons; and older sister Daniella, a makeup artist. Another older sister, Lysette, a nursing student at Bakersfield College, was unable to attend. Also in attendance was Solano’s grandfather, Florencio. Feb. 5 is also the same day that Florencio and late wife Lucia moved to San Fernando 50 years ago. Wednesday was the first day high school football player

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