BYU nabs top DB verbal commit in PAC-10 country

BYU moved to solidify one of its most pressing recruiting needs with a verbal commitment from top-tier JC cornerback <b>Eddie Scipio</b>.

Scipio joins University of Tennessee transfer Shannon Benton, an All-State high school football player in Florida who committed several weeks ago, as the first high profile two verbal commitments for the Cougars.

The timing bodes well for the Cougars who graduate a solid trio in Jernaro Gilford, Brandon Heaney and Chad Barney after this season.

Scipio is a speedster. He holds the Pennsylvania state high school record in the 200 meters and was timed at 10.92 in the 100 meters. "I feel that my speed is good. I can run a legitimate 4.4 forty."

The 5-10, 175-pound Scipio is from Bethleham, Pennsylvania, and is expected to play for the Cougars next year.

Scipio said his father was a key reason for his verbal commitment to BYU:

He told today "my father had a lot to do with it. He feels that BYU would be a great place for me to play since it's a great school and has good standards. When considering BYU, I have to agree with my father."

Contacted at his Pennsylvania home, his father Edward Scipio added: "Eddie will succeed wherever he goes. He's as good of a football player as they come. He'll be a great asset to BYU as a player and as a person. I couldn't be more proud of him."

What is ironic about Scipio's commitment was that it came without any actual conversations with BYU coaches.

"They sent me a letter through the mail saying they had viewed tape of me and wanted to offer me a scholarship. I don't know much beyond that, but I do know they have three seniors playing cornerback, so I'll be able to play right away."

Scipio says that although he has committed to BYU, he still wants to visit the campus and talk with the coaches to firm up his decision. He has also been recruited heavily by Oregon, Cal-Berkley, Arizona State and other PAC-10 schools. "I don't know much about BYU at this point, but I do know that I want to go there. It's just a great situation and it feels right."

A lot of Scipio's friends have warned him, that if he attends BYU, he won't be able to drink and party.

What was Scipio's response? "That sounds like the perfect place for me. I don't drink or party, so I'll fit right in. I want to go to a school where I can fully concentrate on my academics and football, so BYU is the perfect place for me."

Scipio plans on having more conversations with BYU coaches. "I'm very happy and comfortable with my early commitment to them. I'm excited to play for BYU and attend school there."

At Hancock, Scipio was named All-State and All-conference among other honors. He also ran for over 1,000 return yards in just 10 games.

Scipio was contacted by a most of the ACC and Big East schools in high school, but their interest cooled when it was apparent he would not be academically eligible.

"It was disappointing, I mean, I've always dreamed of playing D-1 ball, but it's all going to work out. Going to a junior college has really helped me academically. I really wanted to play out of state. The junior colleges in Pennsylvania weren't that good, so going out west was definitely my best option."

Scipio also received numerous post season awards in basketball and football. His football accomplishments include All-State his senior year; Conference MVP; and he was named to the Big 33 All-Pennsylvania team – where Pennsylvania's top high school players play against the top players in Ohio. He was also named conference player of the year in basketball.

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