On the heals of Nebraska, head BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi are down in Carlsbad tonight talking to prospective recruits about the advantages of playing football for the Cougars of BYU.
Both Mendenhall and Kaufusi stepped into the home of the west coast's top tight end prospect who had just finished visiting with Nebraska coaches. Four star recruit and 11th rated tight end nationally, Vic So'oto has just committed to play football at BYU.
"Bronco Mendenhall and Steve Kaufusi were just here," said father "Big" Vic So'oto. "They just left right now to go to Russell Tialavea's house. I'm so excited man, he almost committed to Nebraska. Nebraska just left right before Mendenhall came. That was it!"
So'oto decided to commit to BYU instead of the Cornhuskers of Nebraska.
"Well, Nebraska came and this whole recruiting process has just been wearing down on me and so I kind of want to make my decision," explained So'oto. "I felt something there but I didn't think they had the full package. When Bronco Mendenhall came in, I was taken by surprise.
"[Mendenhall] talked to me about being a complete person. Not only athletically but spiritually and academically and that's what I want to be. He's great and I think it's something new and more aggressive, and I think he has a direction he wants to go. I think he's a great coach and I've heard a lot about his coaching. I know I have to be ready."
Along side Mendenhall, Steve Kaufusi also reinforced the importance of being a "complete athlete" to the young So'oto.
"He talked to me about food," So'oto laughed. "No, he talked to me about much the same things as Mendenhall, to be more than just a football player. I felt the spirit when they spoke, that was the main thing. I think that's the biggest thing and also I have a lot of family in Provo so I'll feel perfectly at home."
Coming in at 6'4", 224 pounds, Vic So'oto racked up 810 yards on 41 receptions and 10 touchdowns this season. He was named First Team All-Avocado League, First Team All-CIF and is considered one of the top tight end prospects in the country.
"Aw man, I'm excited," So'oto exclaimed about his commitment to play for the Cougars. "They said if I wanted to be a pass catcher, BYU is the place I need to be. I'm excited. I want to go play already!"
So'oto's parents, wanting their son to play for his church school but allowing him to make his own decision, were ecstatic about their son's commitment to Brigham Young University.
"They're excited, they started jumping up and down," said an animated So'oto. "My mom started crying. I feel excited and relieved. I want to play already."
His father "big" Vic confirmed his son's words.
"Oh gosh, I'm so happy," he said.
So'oto has a little message for the BYU fans who have followed his senior year of high school football and took interest in him coming to play football for BYU.
"Look out, because here I come!"