Had to take the weekend away from the computer. Saturday was my son’s 5th birthday. A house with a dozen or so kids his age running about for the afternoon led to a night of necessary drinking and silence. Sunday was more family time. So glad the kids are in school today.
While of the grid, Pitt got another commitment. Another relatively unknown, unheralded and unranked commit (mostly, 24/7 has 3-stars for him), but a verbal nonetheless. Future Pitt DE Shakir Soto from GAR (not to be confused with GWAR) Memorial High, verballed over the weekend.
“It was his third time he’d been out there,” GAR coach Paul Wiedlich Jr. said. “He was pretty fired up about them. He kind of knew he was going to commit to them. He just wanted to do it in person because they’ve treated him so well.
“Now he can focus on playing football and enjoying the rest of his junior year.”
Soto was named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 2A all-state team, Wyoming Valley Conference Coaches Association Small School all-star team and The Times Leader All-WVC team. He made a team-high 114 tackles and nine sacks. He also returned an interception for a touchdown and blocked a punt.
Soto also started on the offensive line for the Grenadiers, but has been recruited as a defensive end.
“First of all, they are getting a great student,” Wiedlich Jr. said. “He’s in the top 20 of his class. As far as a person, the kid has a tremendous work ethic that just transfers to the field.”
Because Soto plays at a relatively small school, it factored into not being noticed until recently.
Soto began getting noticed in February, when he scored well at a camp (Insider subs).
Soto was one of the top performers at the Philadelphia Nike Combine in February when he posted an electronically-timed 4.92 40-yard dash, 4.47 20-yard shuttle, 31.4-inch vertical and 84.69 SPARQ.
I have no idea what those numbers actually mean, but they look good.
In no small part, because of his relative anonymity, the recruiting sites have him listed at 6-3 or 6-4 and put his weight from 229 to 238.
The offers for Soto seemed to have been increasing. He had offers from rebuilding, sliding and freefalling ACC programs (Virginia, BC and Maryland). Rutgers and Penn State had been showing interest, but had not actually offered.
Here’s some highlights of Soto from this past season.