Scipio Cancels KSU Visit, Reaffirms He's BYU Bound

A final competitive obstacle that might have wavered the six-month-old BYU verbal commitment of a JC First Team All-American was removed when he canceled his last scheduled recruiting visit to Kansas State this weekend, <b></b> has learned.

Eddie Scipio, the 5-11, 175-pound cornerback/special teams star from Allan Hancock College (Calif.), was one of BYU's top recruiting priorities. He received a lot of recruiting attention after initially committing to BYU on July 11.

"I canceled my (Kansas State) visit on Wednesday or Thursday. No more visits. I'm definitely coming to BYU and I'm happy with my decision," Scipio told TBS Saturday night.

Scipio noted he spoke last Tuesday with BYU assistant Brian Mitchell, who has maintained ongoing contact with him since his commitment to BYU. "He's really cool. We talk about different stuff, not really about football. He always calls."

Already sounding a rallying cry for the Cougars this fall, he said, "It should be a big turnaround from last year (BYU's 4-8 season record). I can't wait until football season comes around. I feel very confident I can make an immediate impact on the team," he added.

Reached at his Pennsylvania home tonight, his father, Eddie Scipio, Sr., said "BYU has one of the best from Pennsylvania." He was alluding to the fact his son held the Pennsylvania state high school record in the 200 meters and was timed at 10.92 in the 100 meters.

Scipio, a second-year player from Pennsylvania Catholic High School, led his Hancock Bulldogs in kick-off returns and punt returns. He was also the starting cornerback throughout the 2003 season. Scipio averaged 11.3 yards per punt return, including one for a touchdown; and 45.5 yards per kickoff return, including two touchdowns.

The speedster from Bethlehem also received numerous high school awards in basketball and football. His football accomplishments include Pennsylvania 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.

Scipio said he is on track to graduate from Hancock College in June.

Eddie Sr. added his son "is a leader. He definitely ain't going to allow anyone to give up. He can't stand losing or people slacking. Eddie believes he can score with or without the ball.

"BYU is one of the teams I always watch (on TV before his son committed). I like the school. He'll (Eddie) adjust well. They'll find out for a JC player it won't take that long for him to adjust.

As a cornerback, the father added, "He does well at corner. He's a great cover corner and he can dunk for his size" (referring to his son's leaping ability). "I'm looking forward to him being a leader for the defense," Eddie Sr. said.

In an earlier TBS interview, the proud father noted, "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 original Scipio's BYU commitment is that it happened without any conversations with Cougar 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."

A lot of Scipio's friends warned him months ago that if he attends BYU, he won't be able to drink and party. "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 said in a July 11 TBS interview.

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