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January 14, 2013Westside (Houston, Texas) cornerback Hipolito Corporan had high expectations in the days leading up to his official visit to Utah this weekend. The 6-foot-1 inch, 175 pound corner found exactly what he wanted in Salt Lake City.
Corporan, who was committed to Virginia before taking the trip, liked what he saw enough to switch his commitment to Utah during the visit
For Corporan, it was a pragmatic reason that pushed him to commit during the trip. "Overall, I would say the biggest reason I committed was the opportunity to play early [at Utah]," Corporan explained.
According to Corporan, Salt Lake City was impressive. "It was real nice. Salt Lake City is a big city like Houston. There was a lot of snow, so I got to experience something different," he said.
Corporan was hosted on his trip by fellow Texans Eric Rowe and Jacoby Hale, and they immediately hit it off. "They were pretty cool. We all have something in common because we're all from Texas of course. They were laid back and they gave me a lot of information about the defensive scheme. They talked about playing early at Utah," he said.
The three star prospect also met with Utah coaches to discuss how he'll fit into Utah's scheme. "I met with Coach [Sharrieff] Shah. He showed me what I was going to do in the defense and I liked it a lot. I really like Shah as a coach. He told me he was going to make me into an All-American at Utah.
Corporan also connected with head coach Kyle Whittingham. "Coach Whitingham is well mannered. He's a fun guy, but at same time he is all about business. That's what I like about him," he said.
The big corner is especially excited to play in the Pac-12, a conference known for high power offenses. "It makes a big difference., playing in the Pac-12 I get to face the top receivers in the nation. That will help to prepare me for the next level," he explained.
With his commitment to Utah, the former Virginia commit is finished with the recruiting process, and has no plans to take any additional visits. "I'm done with recruiting. I'm a solid commit," he said.