Linebacker Prospect Vic So'oto

A smooth, versatile athlete, 6-3 <b>Vic So'oto</b> from Carlsbad was one of the best prospects at the recent Adidas Camp. He talks about the schools recruiting him, and an issue that will impact his decision...

Vic So'oto, 6-3, 213, Carlsbad (Calif.) High, was a standout on both sides of the ball last year for his high school, catching 17 passes for over 400 yards as a tight end and collecting over 80 tackles as a linebacker.

Last Saturday at the Adidas Camp on UCLA's campus, So'oto was one of the best overall prospects. His natural agility coupled with a great body made him stand out. He worked out with the wide receivers and while he might not end up a receiver or even a tight end on the next level, he showed great pass-catching ability.

He could, though, be a very good fit as a strongside linebacker, using his agility in pass coverage. So'oto said he doesn't care where he plays. "Wherever they put me," he said. "I just want to play."

On the recruiting front, So'oto said he's hearing from the entire Pac-10 at this point, as well as BYU, Arizona, UTEP and others.

BYU, Arizona and UTEP have offered So'oto a scholarship, while he thinks the possibility of taking his Mormon mission out of high school might be making other schools hesitate. "I don't even know if I'm going to go on my mission out of high school," So'oto said. "My mom wants me to. My dad and I don't. We're definitely debating it. Right now the schools thave have offered me are fine with it either way and they're recruiting me the hardest."

So'oto said, though, that if other schools offered him and accepted the fact that he could take his mission out of high school, it'd definitely change his recruiting landscape. "If USC or UCLA offered, they'd move to the front. They're the local schools. My mom wants me to go to BYU, but my dad wants me to go to UCLA because he thinks I'd have a good chance of playing early."

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