St Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio has been committed to Washington State for months. However, despite his commitment, the three star back took an official visit to Utah over the weekend.
“The overall experience was very breathtaking," said Habibi-Likio. "Salt Lake City has about everything from malls, to the mountains, to downtown, to trails, basically anything and everything. After I got all settled in, my cousins who live out by Bingham, picked me up and showed me all around downtown and took me to a couple different cities around the state, it was pretty cool.”
With a glowing review of the city itself, how did the football program fare in HAbibi-Likio's eyes?
“It was great. We got an overall tour of the campus, we got to go on the field and check out the locker rooms, and we got to check out the tailgating and check out the vibe & tradition of Utah Ute fans. It was great. In regards to the game, I thought it was an awesome game, but a bit closer than it should’ve been. I thought the rivalry was amazing and super intense. You can tell the players, coaches, and fans all had a chip on their shoulders,” he said.
Habibi-Likio has been a standout running back for his St Francis team. He’s a versatile athlete that possesses a great blend of power & athleticism. It's not lost on him that at Utah, the main offensive priority has been the run game. “I love how Utah runs the ball a lot and utilizes their backs. As a runner and pass-catcher, I think I’d fit very well," he explained. "Coach Erickson and the offense didn’t pull out their empty package, but I know they usually do. I love to put my head down and run the ball, and that’s exactly what their backs do.”
When it comes to a possible flip of his commitment from Washington State, Habibi-Likio isn't quite ready to take that step - and the Utah staff hasn't pressured him to do so. “They didn’t really push for a commitment. They said they’ll continue to recruit me because they know I’m committed and they respected that, which meant a lot to me and really impressed me because most coaches are pushy, I guess, for that commitment. But they just seem to know that I’ll make the right decision,” he said.
What happens from here for Habibi-Likio?
“As of right now, I will take my official visit to Washington State after the season. I have no other officials planned right now, but I do want to take all five of them. I will make my final decision after the season, I’m pretty set on WSU right now, but it’s always important to see how the season goes for all the teams that are recruiting me,” he said.null