There is, and now was, a lot of buzz surrounding rising junior Josue Soto’s recruitment. Is he committed to Miami-FL? Is he not? His Miami Tropic AAU coach Art Alvarez cleared the picture up and gave us the status of the 5-foot-11, 148-pound point guard from Miami.
Soto said at the Nike All-American that he was going to verbally commit to the University of Miami. As good as the opportunity is, Soto decided to wait a little longer, says Alvarez.
“We realized that it is just too early to commit right now,” Alvarez said. “The kid is going to explode.”
With two yeas ahead of him, Soto has time working on his side. That is what Alvarez believes will help his point guard make an educated decision. A couple of high major programs are in the hunt right now.
“Indiana, Florida, and, of course, Miami -- who is still very much in the picture, are all involved,” Alvarez said. “Because of that, I think he’s going to weight it out. He’ll have a year of school and another summer to play. He’s a stud. I think he’ll have a lot of options to choose from.”
Soto’s high school teammate David Huertas recently committed to the Gators after playing at the school’s team camp. The duo, who both play for Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day, had a chance to make an impression on the head coach.
“Billy (Donovan) loved him,” Alvarez said. “He told me that he’s never seen a kid run a pick and roll that well that young. (Florida) has tremendous interest.”
Indiana’s head coach is intrigued, too.
“Mike Davis told me, ‘We love that kid.’,” Alvarez said. “They like what he brings to the table so that’s something I know Josue likes.”
The Hurricanes, as some have said, are right there with the SEC and Big Ten programs.
“Miami is not off the list, they are in it just like everyone else,” Alvarez said. “They’ve been there since day one. I know Josue will remember that and he likes the program a lot.”
Soto, who is the No. 90 ranked player in the class of 2006 by Rivals.com, will be at the 17U AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla., this weekend. We will be there to cover the event. Stay logged on for updates.