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Sunday, January 13, 2013
A change of heart for CB Corporan

By Sam Khan Jr.

Though he had long been committed to Virginia, one school didn't give up on pursuing Houston Westside cornerback Hipolito Corporan.

Given his strong senior season, in which Corporan was one of 10 finalists for the Touchdown Club of Houston's Defensive Player of the Year award, there were plenty of reasons for schools to continue to court him, especially after the Cavaliers went through a coaching change.

On Sunday, Utah's persistence was rewarded with a commitment, as the 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star cornerback flipped to the Utes.

Corporan, who is ranked 43rd nationally among cornerbacks, concluded his official visit to Utah on Sunday.

"I've been thinking about Utah for awhile now," Corporan said. "Ever since they fired the coaches at Virginia, I kind of opened back up and was interested in Utah. It was a good visit. I wanted to get to know the players and see if I felt comfortable around them, which I did. The coaches I liked a lot. They're fun to be around."

Utah safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Morgan Scalley kept in contact with Corporan during his senior season. That stood out in his mind when it came to considering the Utes.

"He's a very fun guy," Corporan said of Scalley. "He cares about his athletes, including academics overall. I wasn't qualified at first, because of my test scores, but he stuck with me and came back to my school two times to check on my academics. That showed me that he really wanted me and was interested in me."

Texas Tech and TCU also showed interest, but Corporan only considered Virginia and Utah as things wound down. He felt like he made big strides as a player in his final season.

"I felt like I've improved a lot from my junior season," he said. "I was more aggressive on the tackles, I was way more confident in my man coverage in my junior season. I feel like I was a complete corner this year, from the run game, to man coverage to zone, things of that nature."

Utah will be his final official visit. Corporan said he's happy with his decision and doesn't intend to change it.

"That's it," he said. "I'm done with the recruiting process."