Will So'oto Take His Mission?

Emerging as one of the best all-around prospects in the west is Carlsbad (Calif.) High's <b>Vic So'oto</b>. After looking good at the UCLA one-day camp, he talked about the status of his Mormon mission,, and UCLA...

Vic So'oto, 6-3, 220, Carlsbad (Calif.) High, had a very good day at the UCLA one-day camp on Sunday.

Physically, he was one of the best-looking athletes at the camp, with a very good body for a prospect – muscular, but with the ability to put on more muscle.

In the drills, he runs smoothly and effortlessly. Working with the tight ends, he showed great route-running ability and excellent hands, making some great catches.

He's the type of athlete that, if he couldn't work at tight end because of a lack of size, could help you somewhere else, possibly at fullback or linebacker. With his hands, though, you'd really like to see first if he could be used as a tight end.

In recruiting, the big issue for So'oto is whether he would take his Mormon mission out of high school. Many college coaching staffs have been hesitating on So'oto with the mission hanging over his head. When we spoke to him in May, after the Adidas Camp, he was fairly unsure about his mission. On Sunday, he said, "I'm leaning heavily toward not taking my mission. Not out of high school, and probably not at all."

He's heard from the entire Pac-10, and has offers from BYU, Utah, UTEP and Arizona. He did, say, though, that one school is his leader.

"I like UCLA. They're on top. I've been to their campus now and really like it, and I really like their coaches. My father wants me to go here, so it's all good," he said.

So'oto said that, after the camp on Sunday, the UCLA coaches asked if he could call them soon (it's currently a quiet period that doesn't allow coaches to call recruits until September 1st). "They told me they want to set up a meeting," So'oto said. "Hopefully it would be for them to offer me."

Would he commit then? Always seeming like there's a smile on his face, So'oto laughed. "I don't know. I'd have to wait a bit and think about it."

Being buddies with fellow teammate, quarterback Sean Canfield, So'oto said it wouldn't be a bad thing if they went to college together. "It'd be good to go with Sean. I'm also close with (Oceanside lineman) Russell Tialavea. I wouldn't mind going somewhere with him, too."


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