Soto is waiting for an opportunity

One of the most physically imposing JUCO tight end prospects in the country, Palomar's Cory Soto (6-8, 255), has had a great season, both blocking and receiving, and now that his sophomore season is nearing an end, he's hoping some four-year schools start to take notice. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented prospect recently and he updated on things...

Soto prepped at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California and was a full-qualifier, but because he had an injury from a different sport, he didn't get a lot of recruiting attention.

"I had to get Tommy John surgery on my arm, so I think a lot of schools didn't really think about recruiting me back then," Soto said his budding baseball career. "I was more focused on baseball back in high school, but after the surgery, I just decided that football was where I wanted to focus my attention."

When he was looking for a JUCO to land at, Soto said it was an easy choice.

"I picked Palomar because of the location and because they produce prospects every year," Soto said. "I knew if I had a good couple of years here that I'd have a chance to play at the next level."

As a freshman last season, Soto was used sparingly and had a chance to show off his blocking skills and that has translated into the Comet coaching staff using him more and more this year.

"I feel like I'm better at blocking than anything, but my team uses me a lot in the passing game," Soto said. "I just like blocking and using my strength to get guys moving and that is what my team needs so I do it to the best of my ability."

Soto has also used his soft hands and underrated speed to haul in 13 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns and now he's hoping that productivity will result in some four-year schools showing him more attention.

"I've had a couple of schools call about me, but not very many," Soto said. "Utah has been one of the schools interested.

"I'm just looking for an opportunity to keep playing. I feel like I can help a team in several ways. I just hope I get a chance."

Because Soto was a full-qualifier, he can leave at any time and he hopes to sign with a school in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2011 football season.

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