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Some Like it Hot?

California DT Jonathan Soto has given a "soft verbal" to Kansas. Will the lure of warmer weather keep him at a school closer to home? We'll give you the latest inside.<br>

It could be a interesting final week in the recruitment of Jonathan Soto.  The 6-3 265 DT from La Puenta, CA could be a Grey Shirt candidate to attend the University of Kansas next fall and join the team the following year, or he could wind up closer to home.

Soto gave the Jayhawks a “semi-commitment” last month, but recently has been thinking how nice it would be to stay closer to home.  This weekend Soto will visit San Diego State and if the Aztecs offer a scholarship, he just might commit.

“It’s more comforting,” Soto said of the thought of staying in California.  “If they offered I would consider taking it.”

“Since all the other nearby schools have turned me down, this visit to San Diego State is big.   California is where my life’s at.  I can’t imagine being anywhere else.  Everywhere else is either too cold or too hot.”

Kansas would fall in the too cold category, but that doesn’t mean Soto has ruled out the Jayhawks.  While the winters might take a little getting used to in Lawrence, the rest of what KU has to offer definitely has Soto interested.

“I’d have to adapt if I came to Kansas and I can do that.  Kansas is a great program.  Sometimes you don’t always get what you want,” Soto said of the different climate in Lawrence.

What Soto really wants is the chance to play defense at the D-1 level.  Several schools have come calling in the hopes of landing him for their offensive lines and Soto has turned them each away. 

The latest school Soto declined was Wyoming, a program that hoped he would visit them this weekend.

“Wyoming wanted me to go visit this weekend and I just turned them down and the coach was very upset.  We had an interesting conversation after that.  They’re no longer in the picture.”

UNLV also does not appear to be in the running for Soto’s services despite a visit earlier this month.

“UNLV was great,” said Soto.  “I loved the way they take care of their players.  The hospitality I got was great.  Everybody was really friendly and they treated me like I was one of the players.  It was a good visit, but I don’t think I’ll wind up there.  It’s basically down to San Diego State and Kansas.”

With Soto visiting the Aztecs this weekend, Kansas isn’t about to fade quietly into the night.  Soto says the Jayhawks have stayed in close contact with him in recent weeks.

“Coach (Dave) Doeren called me today and they have been trying to follow up on my every move.  In fact, Coach Doeren came to my school last week for a visit.”

The Jayhawks persistence might just pay off even if they don’t have sunny beaches and warm temperatures year-round on Mount Oread.  One thing Kansas can offer is the chance to play with high school teammates Jose and Cesar Rodriguez, who both also attended Soto’s Bishop Amat High School.  With that positive on KU’s side, things appear to be shaping up into a two horse race for Soto’s services, but the high school stud knows a lot could change over the next six days.

“Basically, I’ve narrowed it down to San Diego State or Kansas and there’s no telling what other calls I’m going to get over the next couple of days,” Soto admitted. “There’s no telling what surprises may come.”


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