Soto Is A Panther

Another in-state prospect in the 2013 recruiting class has chosen to continue his collegiate football career at Pitt.  

Pitt's latest commitment, it's third overall from the 2013 recruiting class, hails from northeastern Pennsylvania.

Shakir Soto, a 6'4, 235-pound two-way lineman from Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) GAR Memorial High School notified PantherDigest.com of his commitment today via text message just after 3:30 p.m.

"I commit to Pitt!" Soto said by text Saturday.

Soto held eight offers during his recruiting process, including Boston College, Bowling Green, Massachusetts, Kent State, Maryland, Rutgers and Temple.

As a junior, Soto was GAR Memorial's leader in tackles, posting 114 total tackles (79 solo), nine sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt in 11 games, averaging 10.4 tackles per contest.  He was a Pennsylvania Sportswriters' Class AA All-State selection on the defensive line.  Soto also helped to pave the way for a Grenadier offensive unit which averaged 371.4 yards (270.9 rushing, 100.5 passing) and 40.8 points per game en route to the program's second consecutive District 2 Class AA championship and berth in the PIAA playoffs opposite Pen Argyl.  The Grenadiers scored a school record 530 points and finished the season with 64 total offensive touchdowns (48 rushing, 16 passing).

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