RECRUITING: Changes at the top for So'oto

FOUR-STAR PROSPECT <b>Vic So'oto</b> had Washington State and BYU tied at the top a few weeks ago. Oh, how things can change. There are now three schools in the lead for the Carlsbad, Calif., tight end. Are the Cougs still one of them? Another school in the Pac-10 is also making a late charge. CF.C talked with So'oto Tuesday night to get the latest.

The No. 11 tight end prospect in the nation has shuffled his short list, dropping BYU and adding Arizona and hometown San Diego State. WSU remains one of his top three. San Diego State made up serious ground during So'oto's official visit this past weekend. Brett Swain, So'oto's former teammate, was his host.

"I really liked it there," So'oto told about SDSU.

"I liked the (tight end) situation they had. San Diego State wasn't really one of my top choices in the beginning, I just never really looked into their program as much as I have these other schools. But they're on the upswing . . . I like their coaching staff, I think they're great. The campus is beautiful."

Is San Diego State the leader?

Not quite. "I'd say San Diego State is tied at the top with Arizona and Washington State."

With BYU undergoing a coaching change, they're no longer among his leaders but So'oto stressed they're also not out of consideration by any means.

BYU head coach Gary Crowton resigned Dec. 1, and the uncertainty of who will fill that position is why So'oto doesn't list BYU among his top schools.

"BYU isn't too far behind. It's just that I don't know what the situation will be with the coaches," said So'oto, who is Mormon.

Coach Bill Doba recently made an in-home visit with So'oto and his family. It went very well, according to the 6-4, 220-pound So'oto.

"Washington State has been down, their head coach... and San Diego State has been down to my house. Arizona's been down. BYU's been down..."

There is also another Pac-10 school making a late charge for the Carlsbad standout.

"Oregon offered while I was at San Diego State," So'oto said.

So'oto might set up an official visit to Eugene in January. He will travel to Arizona this weekend. But for now, he doesn't anticipate making a decision after his coming visit to UA.

"With BYU missing a head coach, I kind of want to hold off and see who they get and then just look at their program once again."

So'oto is the total package at tight end. He finished the year with 41 catches for 799 yards and nine touchdowns for the Lancers.

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