Scipio Still Committed to BYU, but …

"BYU is still my No. 1 choice right now. I verbally committed to them and I stand by that, but I'm still looking at other schools as my options have increased. I want to look over all my options and go from there, but BYU is still my top choice."

That the latest word from Eddie Scipio, one of BYU's most coveted recruiting priorities. The 5-10, 175-pound cornerback recruit from Allan Hancock College in California is receiving quite a bit of attention after initially committing to BYU in July.

Scipio recently took his official trip to BYU and was hosted by Reynaldo Brathwaite. "I got along fine with the players. Rey is a cool guy. I liked the campus. It's what I'm looking for. I'm not a party guy at all and the campus was real quiet and peaceful. That's what I'm looking for."

With his record-setting exploits as a kick returner and cornerback at Hancock, Scipio has drawn heavy recruiting attention from Kansas State, Michigan State, Temple and Washington State. All have offered scholarships and most also offer an opportunity for him to play right away, an important consideration for Scipio.

"I love BYU's defense and I know that I would have a great chance to play right away, but Kansas State is saying that as well, along with some of the others."

A first team JC All-American, Scipio initially committed to BYU without talking to a single Cougar coach. He received a scholarship offer letter in the mail and responded to it after his father counseled him that BYU would be an excellent place for him to play and study without too many distractions.

His Hancock head coach, Chris Dutra, said that "Eddie is a wonderful player, a great athlete and a fine young man. He's easily one of the top JC cornerback recruits to come out of California this year, if not the top. Any school will be lucky to have him."

Scipio has a recruiting trip to Kansas State on the weekend of the national championship game, with another to Michigan State afterward. He will also schedule a visit to Washington State. Kansas State looms as the biggest threat to Scipio not signing with BYU.

"I really like Kansas State. I like their program and I like what they have to offer. It will all depend on how comfortable I feel there, in comparison to BYU, and how likely I am to contribute right away. They've told me that I could do just that (play immediately.)"

Scipio's final decision will be reviewed and discussed extensively with his father. He comes from a strong Christian background and his father continues to be a great influence in his life.

"I don't want to wait up until LOI day. I want to decide before then to be fair to those who are recruiting me. I will talk it over a lot with my father and go from there. My decision will be made, in large part, in regards to how my father feels and what he thinks."

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