Sotolongo Impressed With Mountaineers

Sotolongo Impressed With Mountaineers

After repeated conversations with West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, Miami (Fla.) safety Antonyo Sotolongo deems the Mountaineers a program he’s hopeful of learning more about.

After receiving his offer from West Virginia in early May, Antonyo Sotolongo wasn’t sure where the Mountaineers would stand in his recruitment. Following the initial offer the WVU staff wasn’t extremely vocal about their interest.

That, however, has changed over recent weeks, and now Sotolongo recognizes the Mountaineers' desire for his services.

“Oh yes, West Virginia has been speaking with me almost everyday,” Sotolongo said. “They talk with me a lot about how much they want me to be out there. They tell me how much they want me to be a part of their program.”

As part of the defensive package the Mountaineers place on the field, it’s likely you’ll see numerous defensive backs roaming the secondary and substituting in a consistent manner. The opportunity for early playing time could prove vital in a decision making process — one that could vault West Virginia toward a high ranking.

“I find it really interesting because it provides a chance to play,” Sotolongo explained. “With me coming in as a freshman it gives an opportunity where I could even potentially start because they need four or five defensive backs on the field. It’s a plus because I could be one of them.”

Sotolongo (6-1, 200 lbs.) lists West Virginia, Purdue, Tulane, Duke and Arkansas as schools fighting the hardest for his commitment. And with the ever-growing interest he says his timetable for a decision is approaching.

“I can probably tell you for certain I’ll be committed before I take any of my visits,” Sotolongo said. “But in terms of where I’ll be committed to I can’t really say — because I have no idea.”

Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Sotolongo plans to take all official visits this fall.

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