Eason Commits to BYU

BYU coaches received a commitment from junior college cornerback Corby Eason Wednesday morning. Eason comes to BYU after playing just one year at Erie Community College in New York. TBS caught up with Eason to learn more about him and why he chose BYU.

Corby Eason is a 5-foot-9-inch, 180-pound cornerback prospect from Erie Community College in New York. He is originally from Columbus, Georgia, but made his way to Erie after a high school teammate recruited him up there as the team was in great need of defensive back help.

Eason was recruited by Cougar assistant coach Patrick Higgins and took an immediate liking to him.

"Coach Higgins is a great guy and a great coach," said Eason. "I liked everything he told me and he was very straight-up and kept in contact, which was nice."

Eason had already received an offer from Marshall after just playing one year for Erie. He had also been hearing from a lot of schools that may have offered had he finished out his sophomore season. Schools such as Arizona State, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Maryland, among many others, had started contacting Eason, but after a trip to BYU this past week Eason nipped the process in the bud and will play for BYU this coming season.

"I really felt comfortable at BYU on my trip and that's why I committed," related Eason. "It was a clean place and they call it ‘Happy Valley,' and I can see why after being there. I couldn't believe how friendly everyone was: the coaching staff, the players, everyone. I just felt at home from the second I arrived on campus."

During his visit Eason was shown around primarily by Cougar wideout McKay Jacobson.

"He's a great player. I know that he was the state MVP of Texas in high school and I really got along with him well," said Eason. "He answered all my questions and he's a big reason why I committed, him and the other players as well."

Eason also cited defensive coordinator Jaime Hill as a big reason for his commitment.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach Hill and he explained to me everything very well and was really friendly," said Eason. "He's a great coach and someone who will help me grow as a player."

Eason plans on arriving in Provo on August 1 and will immediately start competing for a starting role. He was a qualifier out of high school, which enabled him to transfer whenever he saw fit. Eason saw the opportunity to compete right away at BYU and will have four years to play three, although he has no intention of using his redshirt year.

"I want to play, just like anyone else," said Eason. "Last year I did real good and schools noticed. I know that I can play at the Division I level."

Eason had two interceptions last season, 15 pass breakups, one forced fumble, five fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal that he returned for a touchdown. He claims a sub 4.4 forty time and notes that his speed is his biggest asset.

"I have a good nose for the ball and I get there fast," explained Eason. "My speed is my biggest asset. I can keep up with anyone I feel."

Eason is not LDS but nevertheless feels very comfortable in BYU's unique environment, which fosters very high standards and quality of living.

"That's a plus in my mind," said Eason about BYU's standards inherent within the honor code. "BYU is a clean place and I really felt comfortable there with everything. I'm going there to play football and get an education. That's what is important and BYU is the place that can best help me focus on those things."

Eason also noted that BYU is a program on the rise. Like a lot of recruits he was very cognizant of the commitment of Jake Heaps, Ross Apo and Zac Stout and cited their commit as a reason why he chose BYU.

"Those are big-time recruits, especially Heaps. He's the best quarterback recruit in the country, so that shows you right there that BYU is on the rise," said Eason. "They're already real good, having won 10 games over [each of] the past three years, but they're going to get better. They're on the rise, you can see that and feel it just by being on their campus. I want to be a part of that."

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