Pitt Is Soto's Sixth Offer

Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) GAR Memorial defensive lineman Shakir Soto has seen his list of offers expand recently.  With six total offers in hand, Soto reflects on his latest offer, which came from Pitt.

Shakir Soto, a rising defensive line prospect from Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) GAR Memorial High School in northeastern Pennsylvania, took an unofficial visit to Pitt this weekend.  He left Oakland with an offer in hand.

"Pitt offered me today," Soto said via text message Saturday afternoon.

The Pitt offer makes six now for Soto - he was offered by Bowling Green Friday evening in addition to offers previously received from Boston College, Massachusetts, Kent State and Temple.

During his visit Saturday, Soto watched Pitt's practice, received a tour of the campus and then went to Heinz Field and received a tour of the stadium.  He also had the chance to sit down with head coach Paul Chryst.

"When we got back (from Heinz), I sat down with the head coach (Chryst) and he looked me right in my eyes and said, 'We would love to offer you a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh,'" Soto said.

Soto said Pitt is "a beautiful school and great place to be."

"Everything impressed me about the school," Soto said.

As a junior, Soto was GAR Memorial's leader in tackles, posting 114 total tackles (79 solo), nine sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt in 11 games, averaging 10.4 tackles per contest for the Grenadiers.  He was a Pennsylvania Sportswriters' Class AA All-State selection on the defensive line. 

Soto also helped to pave the way for a Grenadier offensive unit which averaged 371.4 yards (270.9 rushing, 100.5 passing) and 40.8 points per game en route to the program's second consecutive District 2 Class AA championship and berth in the PIAA playoffs opposite Pen Argyl.  The Grenadiers scored a school record 530 points and finished the season with 64 total offensive touchdowns (48 rushing, 16 passing).

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