At the recent Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison passing tournament, one of the five best prospects in the camp had to be Carlsbad (Calif.) athlete Vic So'oto. So'oto, 6-4, 215 pounds was the top tight end we saw and also looked very good at linebacker.
We've been following So'oto ever since he was a sophomore when Carlsbad head coach Bob McAllister told us he was the best sophomore he had ever had at the school. Seeing how Carlsbad annually sends two or three players to high Div I programs every year and just had two players in the Super Bowl last year, that's quite a compliment.
At the tournament, So'oto showed his usual great hands and ability to get down the field. He was a marked man most of the tournament and was drawing double coverage on just about every offensive play. Where he really impressed us was on defense where he had more chances to shine. So'oto can really run for a big guy and was making plays all over the field. His ability to pursue the ball carrier from sideline to sideline really opened our eyes and his game speed is excellent as well.
It's a strong year for tight ends out West and in particular in-state with guys like Erik Lorig, Ryan Moya and Edward Dickson. We would put So'oto right there with any of them and feel he's an excellent prospect.
"Right now, I have offers from BYU, San Diego State, Arizona, Utah and UTEP," So'oto said. "I'm interested in everyone who likes me but of the schools who have offered, I like BYU and San Diego State a lot and also like USC and UCLA. I want to take some trips before I commit anywhere, I've seen a lot of of the schools on my list already but I'm not ready to make a decision right now."